U.S. Olympic soccer player Megan Rapinoe is speaking frankly about her sexuality in a new interview with Out, telling the magazine that she is a lesbian and in a committed relationship with a woman.
I’m a soccer player, a soccer fan and a fan of this player … respected her all the more after she came out
A revelation by Brittney Griner, the No. 1 pick in the W.N.B.A. draft, drew little notice, nothing close to the surge in attention expected to follow a male athlete’s coming out.
… before Jason Collins became the NBA’s first out gay player… Griner took it to the hoop for the WNBA’s athletes
I spent a lot of my adolescence sweating it out in track and field… always admired the throwers
I look behind my ears for the green
Even my sweat smells clean
Glare off the white hurts my eyes
Gotta get out of bed get a hammer and a nail
Learn how to use my hands, not just my head
I think myself into jail
Now I know a refuge never grows
From a chin in a hand in a thoughtful pose
Gotta tend the earth if you want a rose.
Not only isn’t gender an either/or, it’s not even on a spectrum. The spectrum model, while allowing for more possibilities, still presents it as a zero-sum experience. It makes it seem as if, the more you have of one, the less you must have of the other. That approach reifies and reinforces the idea that there’s an opposition. In reality, any of us can have any of the characteristics that our culture defines as male or female. Each of us is a unique mixture of these traits and rather than being scared of that, we can embrace it, we can celebrate it, and we can enjoy it.
Remember that other shot I posted, of the player with the great kicking form? Here’s me in a picture taken by Roxy during our league championship game
awesome shot.. showing the exact positioning, balance and strength the moment before striking the sweetspot …
5/14/2010 – Marta shows off her shooting form during FC Gold Pride’s 2-1 victory over the Boston Breakers on Friday, May 14 at Harvard Stadium in Cambridge, Mass. The win was FC Gold Pride’s fifth straight, a new WPS record.