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|Author: ||wrong approach|
|Subject: ||RE: Did Brittney Griner Turned Down Olympic Basketball Spot Because She Feared Gender Testing?|
A-man - while I agree that many of the posters here are hardly expressing their views in a mature or thoughtful fashion, I thought for some time that this Baylor athlete would not participate in the Olympics and subject herself to the testing regimen.
In this sense I think her coach (Kim Mulkey, who recently did get disciplined for violations in the recruitment of Griner and others) and support people are looking out for her interests far more, than, for example, the athletics union in South Africa did with Caster Semenya, who was compelled to have doubts about her sexuality played out on a world stage. While both Ms. Semenya and Ms. Griner are vulnerable people (and that is unfortunate), I think those around Griner are careful not to throw her to the wolves.
I only have sympathy for someone like Ms. Griner. She is merely different than others. And the NCAA and Baylor (likely wisely for her sake) don't really want to push the issue of her exact gender status, even though you can bet many of the women who compete against Ms. Griner privately complain.
I don't think appropriately raising the issue of gender with Ms. Griner is wrong or reflective of a narrow mind. What I do think is wrong is being disrespectful. Put another way, women's athletics have come a long way and the best thing that has occurred is that some, and I emphasize some, appreciate women's sports on their own merit and refrain from comparing them to men. Griner disrupts this meme, and her dominant play also disrupts the identity which is evolving and slowly attaching to women's sports.
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