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Gay Liberation in Sports

Postby Learning » Thu Jun 03, 2010 5:42 am

Reactions of Advocate readers to news that gay people would be welcomed in the sports at Indiana University was surprisingly negative. Would some of you like to comment on what makes sports important and on the importance of welcoming gay people in sports?

Advocate Article
http://advocate.com/Arts_and_Entertainm ... s_Welcome/

Article About Negative Reactions
http://outsports.com/jocktalkblog/2010/ ... zis-filth/
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Re: Gay Liberation in Sports

Postby Earl Butz » Thu Jun 03, 2010 7:55 am

I tend to agree it is snobby and elitist to call jocks a bunch of redneck pigs. If the university is trying to welcome gay people, that is a really dumb reaction.

On the other hand, pro sports do promote the "superiority" of the male species. Gays and women are not welcome at all due to their obvious inferiority. So I can see where the anger is coming from.

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Re: Gay Liberation in Sports

Postby Learning » Thu Jun 03, 2010 9:22 am

Earl Butz wrote:

On the other hand, pro sports do promote the "superiority" of the male species. Gays and women are not welcome at all due to their obvious inferiority. So I can see where the anger is coming from.

There's always two sides (or more) to every story. :?


Good points, Earl. There is another side to the homophobic part of sports. Guys will give an affectionate hug or even kiss on the field celebrating a point or a win even though a similar display of affection off the field showing interest in another guy might be taboo. Some sports involve physical contact, time with others guys, guys who keep in good shape, and time in the locker room. In some ways, sports could be a haven for gay people. Maybe that's why homophobes try to put so much distance between sports and gay people.
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Re: Gay Liberation in Sports

Postby olywaguy » Thu Jun 03, 2010 9:33 am

Indiana University was established in 1820. Do you really believe there haven't been any gay athletes in 190 years of life?

They seem to have a pretty strong LGBT organization on campus.

So, why do they all have a sudden need permission to participate in sports and ask the student' body's permission?
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Re: Gay Liberation in Sports

Postby nimby » Fri Jun 04, 2010 10:29 am

olywaguy wrote:So, why do they all have a sudden need permission to participate in sports and ask the student' body's permission?


They don't!!! That is just another form of Yellow Journalism stirring the pot, "creating dialogue". That's just BS. No dialogue required. These intellectual eggheads don't realize that "creating dialogue" can also be extremely distructive to a cause as well, especially when the topic is not always viewed in a positive light. Don't give anyone the chance to say, "no you can't." Just go and do it.
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Lacrosse Player Comes Out

Postby Learning » Wed Jul 14, 2010 6:25 am

Outsports has a moving story about Andrew McIntosh's coming out to his lacrosse team.

http://www.outsports.com/os/index.php/c ... o-his-team
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German Soccer Team

Postby Learning » Fri Jul 16, 2010 7:42 am

This article from the German publication Spiegel discusses rumors that many of the German national soccer team players are gay and includes pictures.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/zei ... 12,00.html
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"The Problem with Heterosexuality"

Postby Learning » Sat Jul 31, 2010 7:50 am

Dr. Eric Anderson says that gay men are more common in sports than elsewhere because sports help gay men seem straight. Also, Dr. Anderson finds that homophobia causes problems for heterosexuals who cannot prove that they are not gay.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8SXCzy9Sc8
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