Posted by As said below, you can't discuss this subject on July 21, 2017 at 16:24:08:
In Reply to: Re: Sue Bird Announcing She is a Lesbian Is posted by POS on July 21, 2017 at 13:35:50:
: : : : : : : : 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.
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: : : 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.
: Wow, you are full of hate. What do you want us to do? Ask kids if they are lesbians and if they are ban them from playing basketball so your kid doesn't have to be around them? Lesbians are ruining the game. Well most of the top players your daughter and others look up to are lesbians. You make it sound like lesbians are going up to straight girls and saying that they should be lesbians too or else. Peer pressure!! Really? Is that what you think goes on. Be a lesbian or else you will suck at basketball. You and everyone else needs to grow up and realize that lesbians are in every female sport. But it is hateful people like you that are killing female sports.
This is truly one of the stupidest, most overemotional posts about a sensitive subject. Let's take it point by point cupcake. The subject was why girls basketball has lost popularity. One reason is the perception and reality of it as a lesbian sport. Like it or not, that's the way it is. As such, Sue Bird's announcement of her sexuality feeds into it. Lesbians are ruining the game? Where did I say that? Ask girls if they're lesbians? Where did I say that? And then in the next breath, you admit that the top players the girls look up to are lesbians. Again, nothing wrong with that, but it becomes a perception issue when it comes to the growth of the sport and a definite causal as to why it has reversed trend in terms of popularity among young girls. Clearly you have no concept of what peer pressure means to young girls as simply being involved in a sport that you yourself admit has top players being lesbians could be detrimental. If all her friends are playing that's probably a different story but it's also likely she could be isolated by that same group for playing what is perceived a lesbian activity.
Of course lesbians are in every female sport as they are in every segment of the population. But if the powers that be are realistic about what the sport was, is and can be, they first have to be honest about homophobia and the effect on the sport, something even Sue Bird admitted in her ESPN coming out interview. If you want to keep it so that the WNBA becomes like the Dinah Shore invitational, I'd think that would be the best thing since it's acknowledging and supporting its core audience and players. Will that happen? Hell no because they're still chasing the pipe dream that the W will become like the NBA.
So are young girls not playing basketball JUST because of the perception of it being a lesbian sport? No, but it is definite part of the reason and I think anyone who thinks otherwise is simply fooling themselves, although in Trumpian times, it might be a nice place to go.
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