Women have fought a long hard battle to have their athletic endeavours legitimized and accepted as just as thrilling as male athletes. The WNBA is struggling to stay afloat and is therefore trying to cultivate a family based fan attendance rather than the lesbian spectators that it currently gets. The moment one begins to appeal to “the family”, suddenly the best interest of teh kiddies becomes an issue.
It seems that the Washington Mystics don’t have a kissing cam because the sight of two women kissing might disturb heterosexual privilege and cast us all into a world of unsightly dissonance.
“We got a lot of kids here,” Sheila Johnson, the Mystics’ managing partner, said when asked last week at a game. “We just don’t find it appropriate.”
Yep, the moment people begin to assert the normalcy of members of the GLBT community, the right wing response is what about “teh kiddies”. Hear is the deal fellow moms and dads, you would not have to worry about “teh kiddies,” if we took the time to finally acknowledge that being part of the TLBG community is as normal as any other identity that we are born into. It is because we have constructed cisgendered, heterosexual bodies, as normal that this is even an issue to begin with. If you aren’t having this “talk” with your children it is because you harbour homophobic and or transphobic thoughts.
BTLG people are born into heterosexual, cisgendered families and therefore the identity that you are failing to normalize may even present itself within your family at the onset of puberty. I know that many do their best to raise a little homophobe or transphobe , in the hopes of continuing heterosexual privilege but history has proven that regardless of the actions of the parents, if one is indeed LGBT it will indeed assert itself. Unless you belong to 1% i.e. white heterosexual male of class privilege at some point your little darling is going to face some form of oppression, would it not be better if they didn’t learn at home that oppression is something that is acceptable and normal?
“We wouldn’t broadcast on our Jumbotron about abortion issues because of the religious and political conflicts it would cause,” said Lindsey Harding, the team’s point guard. “It’s a similar, sensitive subject. We don’t want to put anything out there to turn down certain fans.”
Yep, cause love between two women is the same as choosing to terminate a pregnancy. Love, in a world convinced that hatred and intolerance is acceptable is naturally controversial. Heaven forbid we promote the best part of humanity – our ability to love and share. We daily subject children to thousands of images of violence and yet it is the image of love that needs censorship. Am I the only one that sees the idiocy of such a policy? Where is the what about “teh kiddies” when it comes to seeing rivers of blood or decapitated bodies for sport?
Since they were old enough to understand, I began affirming that love in all its manifestations is beautiful with my children. Though it has been difficult, I have actively sought out positive representations of the LGBT community to counter the negative messages that they receive. It has not been an easy battle and their father and I must fight everyday, but I firmly believe that teaching love and acceptance is far better than encouraging them to celebrate an undeserved privilege, that means so many are erased and violated. What about “teh kiddies” indeed.