Since Diane brought up basketball today, I thought I'd alert the sports fans among our readers to LZ Granderson's article on University of Oklahoma star Courtney Paris (pictured at right)
Granderson calls Paris "the best college basketball player in the country" -- notice that he doesn't call her just the best woman player -- but he also explains why she hasn't graced the cover of any sports magazines:
Not because she's undeserving -- obviously she is -- but because she's not "cover girl material." Paris is pretty. But she's also big. Not just tall -- but big. And she's strong and athletic and confident, and she and others like her make a lot of people feel uncomfortable. Particularly men. Consequently magazines, including the one I write for, will always hesitate to put her on the cover even during the height of basketball season despite the fact she's the best college basketball player in the country.Obviously Mr. Granderson not only recognizes talent when he sees it, but understands the underlying sexism that still limits the careers of women who don't fit the cultural ideal.
This is March madness.
Actually, I take that back. I do have a better description for it. It's blatant discrimination.
Courtney Paris came up in an earlier post on In This Moment. And we also wrote recently about high school girls' weightlifting down in Florida -- another sport that includes some very large, very healthy women.