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the 2014 moralizing about how we must care about the Michael Sam kiss
There are plenty of people who read the scene like I did.
Clinton wasn't "really" impeached.
The two guys in Wings didn't "really" kiss.
No one "really" cares about the Michael Sam kiss.
people like Sam literally can't conceive of earlier times being more sophisticated
It's certainly faux-sophisticated, what with all the knowingness and snark -- but things like knowingness and snark are typically cover for understood or suspected deficiencies.
There's literally no one here that agrees with you.
Question-begging "authority" at that, suffering from the same tautologies desperately proffered by Sam and Andy. The statement is self-negating -- if the culture in fact had the "rigid moral attitudes" the professor suggests, it would not have reacted so blithely to the things we know were depicted on its movie screens.
When all else fails, appeal to "authority."
It's infotainment 101.
You've made this point a few times-- has it been granted or even acknowledged yet?
Nobody, but absolutely nobody, was out in the sense that Anderson Cooper, let's say, is unproblematically out today. The 2010s bear utterly no resemblance to the 1920s in terms of public acceptance of gay affection.
The very existence of a distinct "homosexual" identity is less sophisticated than the fluidity described by GregD.
How can something be both infotainment AND something nobody cares about?
I think more or less sophisticated is a problematic way of looking at it.
The very existence of a distinct "homosexual" identity is less sophisticated
WASHINGTON — The accelerating rate of climate change poses a severe risk to national security and acts as a catalyst for global political conflict, a report published Tuesday by a leading government-funded military research organization concluded.
The CNA Corporation Military Advisory Board found that climate change-induced drought in the Middle East and Africa is leading to conflicts over food and water and escalating longstanding regional and ethnic tensions into violent clashes. The report also found that rising sea levels are putting people and food supplies in vulnerable coastal regions like eastern India, Bangladesh and the Mekong Delta in Vietnam at risk and could lead to a new wave of refugees...
Pentagon officials said the report would affect military policy. “The department certainly agrees that climate change is having an impact on national security, whether by increasing global instability, by opening the Arctic or by increasing sea level and storm surge near our coastal installations,” John Conger, the Pentagon’s deputy under secretary of defense for installations and environment, said in a statement. “We are actively integrating climate considerations across the full spectrum of our activities to ensure a ready and resilient force.”
The better example is the reaction to Renee Richards in the late 1970s.
An "iconic moment." "Long remembered."
I was going to say, aside from the furious controversy over her eligibility to play, Richards was indeed hardly noticeable.
I didn't say a word about the extensiveness of the coverage of Sam and Richards and have not said a word about the extensiveness of the coverage. I was talking about the content of the coverage. The content is significantly different -- for the reasons already noted.
ESPN debuted on September 7, 1979.
every time she won it was a controversy, and the media picked up the same angle every time, the impilcation was more often than not that she was "cheating" etc..to try and suggest she was warmly accepted and welcome is divorced from the way the story was presented and the "outrage" that surronded it.
These are not isolated acts of pandering. Yes, Paul is playing politics—after all, he thinks the GOP needs to be transformed to win and to govern. But there’s more. Implicit in Paul’s harsh view of his own party is a powerful condemnation of what America has also become. He hasn’t come right out and said it, yet, but actions speak louder than words: Just as Republicans must reform or lose hope, so must America.
It may offend some people that Rand Paul, of all people, might reveal the centrality of an agenda for African Americans to the recovery of both kinds of hope. Well, stranger things have happened.
I think one could figure that out from the fact that she needed to go to court to be able to play, and once she did play, on more than one occasion her opponents quit mid-match in protest.
More silliness from those quixotic treehuggers over at the Pentagon:
Newsflash, Kevin: The President of the United States get to nominate politicos for the Pentagon too. Remember Rummy? Wolfy? Feithy?
Newsflash, Jason. Anthropomorphic climate change is simply true. STOP IT!
I think you mean anthropogenic. Unless you think we're talking about climate change as if it's a human.
Paul has already backed away from his comments. Here's the statement by his spokesperson:
A similar controversy erupted over a transgender woman who was denied entry into the female division of the CrossFit games, just this year.
The only people who really "care" about that kiss, en masse, are the folks outraged by it.
The U.S. Tennis Association created a new rule that all women entrants in the U.S. Open had to take a sex chromosome test, specifically designed to block Renee Richards. She had to sue them, and win, to play the following year. The Women's Tennis Association withdrew is sanction for the Tennis Week Open when Richards was in it, and encouraged players to stage a walkout. It was an extremely laudable episode in American history -- America at its very finest.
Jill Abramson out at NYT. Anyone know why?
You know who actually did say it? Renee Richards, in 2011.
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