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  •  I'll give you that people noticed Sheryl Swoopes (5+ / 0-)

    She got more attention than Brittney Griner did.  But still was not major national news.

    It is done. Four More Years.

    by mconvente on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 04:48:26 PM PDT

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    •  And Swoopes shattered the ceiling (9+ / 0-)

      in being not only out, but the best player in the WNBA.  While it's fantastic and awesome to see other players coming out - especially a killer, #1 draft pick like Griner - this particular ceiling has not just been busted, but outright pulverized.  It's not a small thing.  If I wanted to show my children out-and-proud women in professional sports, I've had more to chose from than if I wanted to do the same with men in the major sports, outside of the long retired ones you've noted.  Collins is something of a first.

      None of that's to say that the unfortunate cultural attitudes towards women and sports were without doubt a major contributor to Griner's ho-hum response, too.  Sad to say most people couldn't name half a dozen WNBA players at all, and/or assume most of them are lesbians anyway.

      Remember when Elena Kagan was a lesbian because she played softball?  Yeah.

      So: cosigned on everything you've written here.  Sports and sexism goes a lot deeper than we sometimes realize.

      Saint, n. A dead sinner revised and edited. - Ambrose Bierce

      by pico on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 06:22:26 PM PDT

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