On Sports Misogyny Apologists
I’ve got a piece up at The American Prospect today on the legions of sports fanatics that live to excuse even the most heinous behavior by their players and their teams:
The apologists drink from a potent cocktail of hero-worship, almost military levels of team solidarity, and old-fashioned “boys will be boys” gender essentialism. And they would just be offensive if they weren’t such an integral part of the larger culture of misogyny in sports — a culture that makes it possible for there to be so many henious acts to defend, minimize and deny in the first place. As is, they’re downright dangerous, writing a blank check for athletes’ behavior that too many athletes are happy to cash.
Go read it here. And then check out CounterQuo, a new organization dedicated to challenging the way we respond to sexual violence in the U.S. I’m a charter member, and my fellow leaders there — including Katie Hnida, who I quote in the piece – were much help to me in putting this piece together so quickly. Their site is a great resource to all of us trying to fight the victim-blaming spin already developing in the Roethlisberger case.