I admit that I was never much of a sports fan before I went to the University of Connecticut! To me, the hype about sports left me cold. Then when I went to UConn and discovered the wonder of women’s basketball, I was hooked, but now even more disturbed by the hype around sports as a male domain. I also became more and more aware of the homophobia that dominated much of the sports world. Then I saw an early screening of the amazing documentary – Training Rules – that gives a shocking, though not unexpected, true story of unabashed homophobia in women’s basketball. If you have not seen this film find it and see it ASAP!
Tonight, the UConn women advanced to the women’s final four; last night the UConn men also advanced to the men’s final four. The inequality based on gender in even the naming of these sports is appalling …. the “final four” is assumed to be the men .. ignoring the women, unless the term ‘women” is associated with term “final four.”
It is amazingly inspiring to watch these amazing athletes perform! But the barriers of both gender and sexuality remain huge in the sports world. I invite every reader of this blog to tune in, and tune up your antennae for both gender and sex inequality. If we as fans begin to support the brave athletes who are making a breakthrough, we will make a difference!