Reach a point when no one will care.

There’s a great push-pull when it comes to the NFL supporting a player who might eventually come out as gay. This article outlines that:

1. Nobody really has any idea how many closeted gay players might be playing right now.

2. Officials know some of those players though, and are doing their best to keep their “secret” confidential.

3. The league is not opposed to gay players.

4. BUT some specific franchises are.

5. Numerous players/franchises are afraid to even speak about the matter.

I can see both sides. But I think one side is much classier than the other.

I get that a team (especially one located in a conservative part of the country) might not want the attention associated with having the first gay player. I also get that the guys might not want to talk about it. I bet many of them have guesses as to who their gay teammates are. And I get that gay players might not want to come out, many point to the recent outed NBA player Jason Collins and his unemployment after his announcement.

BUT. How about we stand up against the homophobia? How about a team in a liberal area (i.e. Boston, Chicago, San Francisco) sign on a gay player and use the positive press to their advantage? How about we get this to a point where nobody cares about sexuality?

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The TED talk that describes the entire premise for this blog.

Darcy Turenne is a female. She is also a professional mountain biker. She is also an advocate for girls becoming athletes. Watch her TED talk here:

She talks about the sexualization of professional female athletes, and why when she Googles herself she finds more of this

than this:

She talks about how women (especially those in eastern cultures, but totally not discounting western cultures) fear becoming athletic because they don’t want to sacrifice beauty.

She talks about how female volleyball players are more often featured as headless, with an emphasis on their bodies.

i.e.:

And her statements about what she learned playing sports is so similar to the video I made last week, that I really couldn’t pass up sharing this TED talk.

So if there’s one thing that I ever wanted to convey in this blog, it’s this:

Playing sports does not make you less of a female.

It makes you a stronger, more independent person. It makes you a team player. It makes you healthier, physically and mentally. It makes you goal-oritented. It makes you passionate.

And all of those traits are sexy.

What Playing Sports Meant To Me

I learned commitment, passion, and sportmanship. I also made a video, but I didn’t learn any of my mediocre iMovie skills from sports.

senior teamMy senior year field hockey team before a playoff game

Things to mention post watching the video:

1. Debbie Black was a tiny little ball of fire who payed in the WNBA from 199-2005. I was fortunate to meet her at a basketball clinic that she hosted for girls my age and she is a seriously amazing person.

2. I wrote a post about that Nike ad.

Olympic Medal Winner Comes Out As Bisexual

“In an ideal world, I wouldn’t be doing this, because it shouldn’t matter.”

19 year old British bronze medal winner has come out as bisexual in the greatest way possible. In a self made YouTube video, the Olympic diver says he didn’t want his words twisted by media, and he wanted the news (that shouldn’t be news) to come straight from him. I can’t think of a better spokesperson for the matter either, he’s a young, talented Olympian who is mature enough to acknowledge that it is a big deal, but strong enough to not make it that. Because of all the negative feedback that I’m sure will be coming his way soon, I wish him even more luck in the 2016, to prove a point that only one thing matters in the Olympics: talent.

You Can Play. You Can’t Sing.

These guys are my heros.

Check out the video of a bunch of great athletes who are likely far better at hockey than singing. It’ll get you in the Christmas spirit anyway.

The Best Article You’ll Ever Read About Women In Sports Media

I can’t even put into words how wonderful this article is. It is an interview of five women working in sports media, and it is a phenomenal read. I can’t seem to find words to describe how perfectly these women have put their gender and their profession into words. Some highlights of a long read:

“The most frustrating thing is when women are dissected for aesthetics while men get a pass. Members of both genders have been equally guilty of not performing at a top level, but the female seems to suffer a bigger public bashing.

“It always strikes me as funny/odd/annoying/sad when I see male sportswriters issue “correction” tweets and no one bats an eye. But when I (or another female sportswriter) make a mistake, a few chumps always feel compelled to deliver the “Ugh, women don’t know anything about sports” salvo. I find that I’m now hypercritical of my own errors because I know some people out there are just waiting to be supplied with more ammo.”

“When I answer the phone at work, people still ask to speak to the editor in charge, as if it couldn’t possibly be a woman. There are times I’ll inform the person on the other end they are speaking to the editor in charge, and that person is still incredulous. You’re in the charge of the entire sports section?”

I guess if you get kicked out of the Olympics, you can go play in the Open Games

As I’ve mentioned before, there is a ton of protest popping up in response to Russia’s new anti-gay laws and the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

So let’s sum this up quickly:

1. The Russian law forbids “unnatural” sexual relations and propaganda of such relations to minors.

2. The International Olympic committee doesn’t ban gay rights in the same was that Russia does, but the IOC will consider acts that outwardly favor LGBT rights as a “political statement” and the athlete could be banned from the games.

In spite of all of this, one gay Russian man has decided to host his own amateur Olympics. The Russian LGBT Sports Federation is going to take advantage of all the reporters heading to Moscow in January to gain publicity for their cause. They’ve taken all precautions to make sure they don’t conflict with authorizes, no minors are allowed into the events, and there will be no street protest, so they don’t have to register their event with the city. Their new mission is to reach out internationally, getting out athletes to support and attend their games.

No Car For You

A women has outdone a man, but the man gets the car.

Therese Sjogran, a women’s soccer player for Sweden has played in a record 187 matches representing her international team. Anders Svensson, on the other hand, has played in 146 international games, but at the annual Swedish Football Association gala, only Svensson is awarded with a Volvo for his commitment to Swedish soccer.

“It’s not about the car itself, it’s the way they did it,” Sjogran told STV. “If they honored him, they should honor me.”

How about some basic decency here? Basic human decency says award the guy AND the girl. Or how about awarding the player who actually holds the record for international games played?

 

Julie Chu Could Be My New Hero

Julie Chu, a professional hockey player, is an advocate for women’s athletics. Chu played hockey at Harvard, now plays for the Montreal Stars, visits practices of youth, all-girls hockey teams to talk to them about her hockey career, and is training for the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.

This article outlines Chu’s allegiance to women’s sports. “Right now in the U.S., there is nearly 70,000 girls and women hockey players, and that number really exploded and escalated after the 1998 Olympic Games.”

Chu is referring to the Team USA’s gold medal 3-1 victory over Team Canada in the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan. (On a side note, the WNBA’s first season was 1997, seems like the late 90’s was a great year for women athletes.)

My favorite quote of the article? “As girls and hockey fans, we have to be our biggest fans and advocates.” For whatever reason, that statement truly resinates with me. As women, let’s get women’s sports into the mainstream media. It’s our duty to start the trend.

Women Joggers, The New-Age Chastity Belt, and Tips Specifically For Women Joggers

I came across this Cosmo article about a new company that is essentially making anti-rape pants for women. One of their options is a jogging pant, so women can go jogging and feel safe.

The company also has a video describing how the pants work. Basically, it’s hard for anyone other than yourself to get the pants on or off. The pants are also resistant to cutting or tearing.

Focusing specifically on women joggers, I attempted to look up statistics. I was fairly unsuccessful in exactly what I was looking for, but came across some interesting numbers along the way. In 2007, there were somewhere between 100,000 and 250,000 reported rapes in the U.S., and that number only accounts for about 16% of what really happened. And if you Google “woman raped while jogging”, you’ll discover dozens of news articles about women who were attacked while out for their morning jog.

Cue the debate. The big question here is one that has been circling the social justice culture for a while now. Why are we teaching women to protect themselves from rape? Why aren’t we teaching men not to rape?

Now, here’s my own personal belief. I believe there is no excuse for rape, ever. I believe that we sometimes place too much blame on rape victims. However, I above all else, believe in common sense.

This article posts “Tips For Female Joggers”.  Personally, I don’t think this lists needs to be directed at just females. It lists tips such as “always carry some form of personal identification”, “be alert to the area”, and “always trust your intuition” which seem to be good ideas for any one, of any gender, doing anything.

My biggest problem with AR Wear’s video is it seems to go from “protect yourself!”  to “there are rapists everywhere” very quickly. The video is made to raise money for production, so its goal is obviously to highlight risky situations, but I also think it instills some sort of paranoia that every place is dangerous. I also wonder if wearing these pants could instill a sense of too much comfort, and the common sense ideas seen in “tips for female joggers” could go out the window.