Jason Collins challenges male sports taboos

  • Article by: Dale McFeatters , Scripps Howard News Service
  • Updated: May 1, 2013 - 1:02 PM

Women pro athletes have been coming out for years. Why has it taken so long for men?

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ontherecordMay. 1, 13 1:26 PM

Why has it taken so long for men? === Because many men think that homosexuality is a threat to their manhood. Their homophobia is the actual threat to their manhood.

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clankazoidMay. 1, 13 2:04 PM

I seem to remember an " All in the Family " episode about this... 40 years ago.

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SnippetMay. 1, 13 2:20 PM

I have never been less interested in a news "story" that has taken up this much real estate in the media. It's almost as if someone's trying to shove an agenda down my throat or something.

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cks1950May. 1, 13 3:59 PM

I don't know about an agenda, but I know where the priorities lay. On the same day a pro basketball player "came out" it was front page news on this paper with lots of people posting & expressing positive views. On the other hand, there were several stories having to do with the murder of the innocent babies by the abortion doctor in Phily & only one poster bothered to post something empathecially. Now if he wants to announce that he is gay, no skin off my nose, but it's really easy to see what people view as important & what they don't care about. Pretty disgusting.

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jdlellis1May. 1, 13 5:00 PM

Gays/Lesbians are not special and are like any other normal or abnormal person. This need to publicize is too self-serving. The media frenzy, shallow.

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kd5757May. 1, 13 7:33 PM

While some may denigrate Mr. Collins' actions, what he (and others before him) are doing is very important in making the GLBT population less "invisible." When this occurs, most people tend to be more accepting over time. However, there are those in our society that are convinced that this is a lifestyle choice (even though there is not one shred of scientific evidence to support this contention) or that a gay sexual orientation is a perversion (again despite there being no support from the social or medical science field). When someone you dislike is invisible, it is easier to continue to dislike them.

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goferfanzMay. 1, 13 7:34 PM

Why so long? Ahh, likely because there are very, very few gay athletes in the elite men's pro sports. I think most of us well-remember from our high school and college days where the gay athletes were often in abundance = female athletes in Title IX sports. The homosexual men in my school experiences were far more drawn to academic endeavors, from debate to theater. I would venture an unscientific guess that if one believes 3-4% of the population is homosexual, that probably 10x that number of gays populate the elite pro women's sports spectrum and perhaps only 1/10th that number populate the big 4 men's leagues. Who denies this, when pondering why "so many women come out?" It's far easier to come out when many in your locker room share your orientation. Isn't that intuitively obvious?

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goferfanzMay. 1, 13 8:04 PM

And if I can add, for those who are science-minded--->if ever there were a classic example of Occam's razor, this media "puzzlement" over the obvious answer is truly the ancient razor come to fruition in 21st century America.

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crystalbayMay. 2, 13 1:02 AM

" It's almost as if someone's trying to shove an agenda down my throat or something."...................What I wonder is how you can interpret a pro athlete's courage to be who he is publicly could possibly be "shoving an agenda down your throat"? This makes no sense at all unless you're very easily threatened for some reason.

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firefight41May. 2, 13 1:26 PM

Women pro athletes have been coming out for years. Why has it taken so long for men? ********** suggests a terrible lack of self-confidence

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