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Homosexuals Have No Place in the Sport World?

May 17, 2011

For some reason, there has always been a sexist notion that the sports world is a place where masculinity thrives above all else. The people who play sports must be muscular, gruff, and macho. Many people, fans and players alike think that women, let alone homosexuals have no place in the sports world.

It has been said that 5% of the general population are homosexual, yet there are no football players willing to come out, save for two – the late Justin Fashanu and Anton Hysen.

Anton, after publicly revealing that he is gay, has received several digs on his sexuality. When Utsiktens BK, the football team Anton belongs to, won the cup final fans of the rival team called him “fucking faggot.” This leads me to believe that this is one of the reasons why footballers do not want to come out. They are afraid of the repercussions of what’s going to be thrown at them once they do just that.

Demy de Zeeuw, a player from Ajax, shares, “It’s very difficult in football. That’s partly because of society. You want to change things, but there are some things that stay the same.”

This begs the question: Should we blame naivety as the reason why there are still some people who can say, “There are some things that stay the same?” In this age, do we not have the right to break the status quo, stand up to what society dictates, and be able to express who we really are? It is very unfortunate to see the reluctance of people to accept homosexuals in sports just because it’s a “macho” thing.

-R.S

[The Guardian]

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