Grow Up, Folks, Lay Off Baylor's Brittney Griner
Enough with the 'man' jokes, say two writers
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 4, 2012 1:55 PM CDT
Baylor center Brittney Griner reacts to her shot during the second half of the title game.   (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

(Newser) – Brittney Griner is a force in women's college basketball, the proof being Baylor's shiny new trophy. The 21-year-old also happens to be 6-foot-8 and muscular, and she speaks in a low voice. Cue the "she's-a-man" jokes on Twitter and elsewhere. (Notre Dame's coach said after the game that Griner is "like a guy playing with women" and clarified later that it was meant purely as a compliment.) As for the insults being hurled around questioning her gender, two writers come to Griner's defense:

  • Tracee Hamilton, Washington Post: So Mike Tyson's high voice must make him a woman, then? Sports should be an escape, "not just one more outlet for us to use to attack what we don’t understand and spew hate toward those who look or sound different than us." Full column here.

  • Rachael Larimore, Slate: Because there's a "wider talent disparity" in the women's game, "the stars are really going to stand out—and yes, they’re going to get compared to men." That's what Notre Dame's coach was getting at. The "jerks on Twitter," though, were cracking their unfunny, sexist jokes based solely on her looks. "To generate faux outrage about well-meaning comments from a women’s basketball coach takes away from the real outrage we should be feeling about an accomplished athlete being belittled for her appearance." Full column here.

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slammer
Apr 5, 2012 4:03 PM CDT
DAMN SHAME! JUST LET HER PLAY! I AM SURE SHE WAS "CHECKED OUT" PROPERLEY!
DERY
Apr 5, 2012 2:04 AM CDT
"Cue the "she's-a-man" jokes on Twitter and elsewhere." Brittney Griner is so tall, she almost misses the urinal.
Nwambe
Apr 4, 2012 10:46 PM CDT
What? Eff this noise. Girl gets into university on a scholarship, works her ass off in practice and in games juggling courses and a love of sport, wins a trophy and does damn well for her team, and rather than say "Congrats, kid, you fucking earned it", people are posting shit about her being too muscular? Don't we have an obesity epidemic happening? How is it going to be solved by calling athletes "too manly"? Fuck that, how does it work that a woman is successful and works hard, and somehow gets shorted her due credit because of something as irrelevant as how she looks!?! That's bullshit, it really is, and it pisses me off. Brittney, you did great. Keep up the good work, ignore the haters. Hope to see you in the WNBA, or better!