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Watching Britney Griner is like watching magic

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If Britney Griner is no more physically remarkable---statistically speaking--- than those of us who are little people then why are little people so endearing and Britney so threatening?

Perhaps the answer lies in the fact that Britney Griner is taller and more physically powerful than 99% of men.  The only men in her height and strength class are men's basketball and football players, and even there, like LeBron James who shares her height, she is taller than most of them.

Perhaps men are threatened  by a woman who can play basketball better than they can and who can dominate them physically.  Perhaps they worry that if women like Griner can excel in the masculine world of athletics then they might be capable of dominating in other areas as well, like politics and business.  If women can be strong and tall and powerful like Griner and threaten the very core of masculinity--SportsWorld-- then maybe they can also be smart and challenge in that realm as well.

To all of the critics of Griner, the vast majority of whom have probably never dunked a basketball, I suggest you sit back and enjoy watching one of the most talented female athletes to ever play the game.  You are lucky to have the chance to watch her play. 

And, if you are threatened by her talent, that is your problem, not hers!

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Associate Director of Women & Gender Studies, George Mason University, author of African American Families: Myths and Realities (2012), the Social Dynamics of Family Violence (2012), Prisoner Reentry and Social Capital (2011) and several other books (more...)

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Finally, someone has said in print what few have b... by Earl Smith on Sunday, Mar 31, 2013 at 4:31:30 AM