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Is Sex Everything?

26 October, 2005 (13:41) | Sports

I just opened the front page of ESPN.com to find out their top story is that Sheryl Swoops is a lesbian.

Perhaps I’m insensitive, but I don’t care. Good for her for coming out of the closet. Good for her for attempting to lead the way. Good for her for feeling good about herself. I still don’t care.

Her being a lesbian doesn’t affect her amazing basketball skills. It certainly doesn’t affect her compassion and work with charities. And, perhaps most importantly to the American public, it doesn’t affect her three gold medals or any of her other Hall of Fame worthy accomplishments. That’s what people care about; the person she is.

Of course, we’re going to find protesters at WNBA games, but it’s not as if it weren’t common knowledge that some lesbians play sports. There will be detractors and plenty of angry people who don’t get it, but they didn’t get it before either.

Certainly, this is important. She’s the first well-known, generally accepted black lesbian with media power to come out. She’s setting an important precedent for acceptance. I’m actually quite glad this is the headline story, and I hope readers will stop and think and realize what’s right about this.

But no matter how important this is, or how people think it might change things, it doesn’t change the fact that Swoops is a great athlete and always will be.

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  • I agree completely. It doesn’t affect her basketball. It’s none of my business, really. And, I like both men and women.

  • I agree completely. It doesn’t affect her basketball. It’s none of my business, really. And, I like both men and women.

  • All my fantasies… ruined.. 🙁

  • All my fantasies… ruined.. 🙁

  • Why? Now you can imagine her getting it on with another woman AND you. Plus, she’d actually be happy, unlike if it were just you and she were straight.

  • Why? Now you can imagine her getting it on with another woman AND you. Plus, she’d actually be happy, unlike if it were just you and she were straight.

  • Personally, I’m preferable to women. Despite not having dunks or the same flare as men, it’s a much cleaner game. It’s basketball purity. Beauty on the hardwood.

  • Personally, I’m preferable to women. Despite not having dunks or the same flare as men, it’s a much cleaner game. It’s basketball purity. Beauty on the hardwood.

  • Very well said! Her performance in bed has nothing to do with her performance on the court… then again, if they are connected that is one lucky woman!

  • Very well said! Her performance in bed has nothing to do with her performance on the court… then again, if they are connected that is one lucky woman!

  • why do so many people think that lesbian = bisexual? logically, i think the fantasies are indeed ruined. …as if fantasy ever had much to do with logic.

    on a different note, i’m glad that this is the headline. it’s true: her sexuality has nothing to do with her athletic skills and it doesn’t change how i think of her as a person. (like i’d heard of her before now…) and it’d be really nice if everyone reacted that way. but homophobia is primarily born of ignorance and it’s everywhere. one of the best ways that i can think of to break down stereotypes/fear/hatred/ignorance of any kind is to display the true variety that exists. so, to erode homophobia, i think that various forms of homosexuality should get as much public exposure as possible.

    and yes, i’m a week and a half behind on lj.

  • why do so many people think that lesbian = bisexual? logically, i think the fantasies are indeed ruined. …as if fantasy ever had much to do with logic.

    on a different note, i’m glad that this is the headline. it’s true: her sexuality has nothing to do with her athletic skills and it doesn’t change how i think of her as a person. (like i’d heard of her before now…) and it’d be really nice if everyone reacted that way. but homophobia is primarily born of ignorance and it’s everywhere. one of the best ways that i can think of to break down stereotypes/fear/hatred/ignorance of any kind is to display the true variety that exists. so, to erode homophobia, i think that various forms of homosexuality should get as much public exposure as possible.

    and yes, i’m a week and a half behind on lj.

  • Sad to say, but lesbianism=bisexuality in straight men’s minds simply for hope. A lesbian is off-limits to us. She doesn’t want us. That’s one less woman we have a chance with. Therefore, in order preserve the idea that we might have a chance, we believe that by introducing a second woman, she’d be interested in us. Of course, it’s all bullshit, but I can spoof on it if I wish.

    And as for being behind, I have one thing to say to you: SUCKER!

  • Sad to say, but lesbianism=bisexuality in straight men’s minds simply for hope. A lesbian is off-limits to us. She doesn’t want us. That’s one less woman we have a chance with. Therefore, in order preserve the idea that we might have a chance, we believe that by introducing a second woman, she’d be interested in us. Of course, it’s all bullshit, but I can spoof on it if I wish.

    And as for being behind, I have one thing to say to you: SUCKER!