Saturday, August 4, 2007

Where to begin...

A judge in Brazil has made a fool of himself with his comments about a lawsuit centered on whether a leading Brazilian football (soccer) player is gay:

In reaching a decision to effectively set the case aside, Judge Manoel Maximiniano Junqueira Filho said football was a virile masculine sport and not a homosexual one.

If you were a homosexual, it would be better to admit it or to conceal it completely, the judge was reported as saying.

However, if that was the case, it would be better to abandon the playing field, he added.

So in short, stereotype now has the force of law; if he's gay, either stay in the closet, or admit it and get off the playing field, leaving it to the manly men, because....

It was not shown to be reasonable to accept homosexuality in Brazilian football because this would damage the equilibrium and uniformity of thinking of the team.

That's right, the "uniformity of thinking" is vital.

The judge seems to be making a big fat assumption, that there aren't gay athletes already. That there haven't been in the past. And that "gay" is equivalent to "swishy nelly drag queen," that you can just look at video from the golden age of Pele and see they're not gay.

Still so far to go....

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