This article, and by extension this man, offends me on so many levels that I hesitate to give him any more audience than he already has by writing about him on my blog (not that I have delusions that tons of people read my blog, I just have the idea that those who read my blog won't often be reading his drivel).
Medved is discussing the fact that Tim Hardaway was right at a visceral level when he said "I hate gay people". He stops short of endorsing Hardaway's assertion that gays don't belong in the world, but he does argue that gays don't belong in professional sports or in the US Military. His so-called 'analysis' relies -- as is the wont of people who don't think for themselves -- on the "discomfort" of straight players and soldiers. Huh? I have never understood this. Why should we give a hoot about someone's discomfort in the face of blatant, invidious discrimination?
It's all about sexual attraction. Gay males, he says (he doesn't address lesbians), won't be able to control themselves in close quarters, especially showers such as are found in sports-team locker rooms and the military.
they hope to avoid the tension, distraction and complication that prove inevitable when issues of sexual attraction (and even arousal) intrude into the arena of competitive sports.
What he fails to get in all of this is that there are gay players in those arenas today. Or, does he think Amaeche only became gay after he left the NBA? And, what about the 65,000 gay troops currently serving in our military (or the 1,000,000 who are veterans)? Many of them are even serving openly. There hasn't been much of a problem with them serving/playing, other than the sanctioned homophobia they face as perpetuated by bigots like Medved.
Another thing I don't get is this whole group shower phobia. I can't speak to professional sports locker rooms, but I was in the military over 30 years ago and we had individual showers back then! I think the number of group showers is pretty freakin' small. And, even if there are group showers, so what? They are showers! People like Medved are just trying to perpetuate an irrational and unfounded hysteria. Maybe he's simply projecting. He can't control his own sexual attractions and is afraid, therefore, that other men won't be able to either.
And, finally, in perhaps the worst anti-woman piece of hate speech I've seen is a long time he suggests that the way to analogize gays in professional sports or the military is to compare them to:
profoundly unattractive, morbidly obese women. ... The ill-favored, grossly overweight female is the right counterpart to a gay male because, like the homosexual, she causes discomfort due to the fact that attraction can only operate in one direction. She might well feel drawn to the straight guys with whom she’s grouped, while they feel downright repulsed at the very idea of sex with her.
The only unattractive-ness around here is Medved. This man is a hate-monger of the first order.