With the Super Bowl coming up, society is paying a lot of attention to athletes and their physical prowess. However, what might be even more important is the political views of those very athletes. Even though sports fields are not the first place we look to for gender equality, many athletes espouse extremely feminist views. What follows is a slideshow of five of the greatest feminist athletes of all times.
After Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo posted a YouTube video in favor of gay rights and a Maryland state delegate, Emmett C. Burns Jr. sent a letter to the Ravens’ owner, asking him to “inhibit such expressions from your employee and that he be ordered to cease and desist such injurious actions,” Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe spoke out vehemently against Burns. In his response, he wrote: “Your vitriolic hatred and bigotry make me ashamed and disgusted to think that you are in any way responsible for shaping policy at any level… Why do you hate the fact that other people want a chance to live their lives and be happy, even though they may believe in something different than you, or act different than you? How does gay marriage, in any way, shape or form, affect your life?” Football culture might not always be the best place to look for feminist values, but the domino effect that Kluwe started by sharing his views on gay rights is definitely a step in the right direction.
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