the more I see people stepping up for LGBT athletes in sport, the more I realize we need to combat sexism in sport as well. because every time I’ve heard someone say “don’t be a fag,” the next thing out of their mouth is, “don’t be a bitch.” because “Princess” and “Cindy Crosby,” “Chrissy Pronger” and “Sedin sisters” are considered funny and valid insults, because there’s nothing worse apparently than being female in a team sport. because the stereotype of gay men is men who act feminine, and they’re debased and ridiculed and make us believe that femininity is something to be mocked. because the stereotype of lesbian women is women who aren’t feminine, who act like men, because apparently you’re not a woman if you like other women. because gender testing in the Olympics is a thing, because women aren’t women if they have athletic prowess equal to that of men — or even close. because the most common thing I’ve ever heard in relation to gay teammates is “I don’t want them checking me out in the shower,” which tells me that you just don’t want someone looking at you the way you look at women. you don’t want someone treating you like a piece of meat, the way you treat women. because rape and sexual assault in sports is brushed aside, since the need to make money off the backs of young men overwhelms the need for young women to feel safe. because there are a million blogs out there covering men’s professional sports, and I can name hundreds of writers who do, but I can’t even tell you more than two people I know (one of them myself) who cover even women’s hockey. because people keep making excuses for the reason women’s sports don’t do as well other than “we’re just sexist assholes.” because homophobia and misogyny are twins, and the way they work and reinforce each other sickens me, and I will fight each one to the death. because you can fight both without prioritizing one over the other. because I felt the need to preface this with a “Warning” above it as if I need to invalidate my own observations and feelings.
we need this.