Posted by Double BS on July 21, 2017 at 12:27:48:
In Reply to: Re: Sue Bird Announcing She is a Lesbian Is posted by The issue on July 21, 2017 at 12:16:33:
: : : : : : She's dating soccer player Megan Rapinoe. Isn't it more newsworthy for a WNBA player to announce she's heterosexual?
: : : : : Huh......no. What's your point?
: : : : As I've been saying...one of the biggest problems girls basketball faces is the WNBA....
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: : : Has nothing to do with basketball. Zero. Nada.
: : : Do we really care who she sleeps with?
: : : I think not.
: : We're always talking about image problems with girls basketball. Lesbianism is a big issue. You can ignore it all you want but it's the giant elephant in the room and until we can at least talk about the impact it has on the sport, girls basketball will continue to lose participants.
: : When the top players in the sport come out as lesbians, it also codes the sport and younger girls who are not gay might be more hesitant to be in that sport because of it.
: Most of the girls don't really care, but sadly many parents do care and don't want their kids "around that lifestyle".
Young girls care greatly. Something parents seem very unwilling to accept is that peer pressure often overrides whatever is taught. Young girls who are not lesbians do not want to be associated with a sport that is considered a gay sport. That is why Sue Bird coming out is important but also ironic to the sport. It may help other young lesbians gather the courage to be themselves but it could also dissuade girls from taking up basketball because of the image it projects.
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