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A little less than a happy high
Anyone remember the quirks of the northern abolitionists?
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prosicated From: prosicated Date: April 14th, 2005 09:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
I wonder if gender and/or exposure plays a part in the difference in stats. Perhaps because there's something of a pop-awareness of gay males based on TV shows, etc. male athletes can be gay, because they're seen in that same irreality of television/performance. This stands in contrast to less fictional/one-dimensional gays, who might be male OR female, and who have to be interacted with, and not just watched.
komos From: komos Date: April 14th, 2005 09:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was thinking along the same lines. So long as the openly gay athlete remains an idea, there's no problem with saying "ok, whatever..." When faced with questions about performance, team morale, or economics, you're suddenly becoming more grounded in reality and suddenly the bias comes through.

So back to the abolitionists... for all of their fire about freeing the slaves, there was an undercurrent that said, as a footnote, "just don't send them here..." It was almost as though there was a conceptualization of rights that overreached even those favorable to the ideals.
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