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Digest for February 6th through February 10th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for February 6th through February 10th:

  • How I Wish Locker Room Conversations Would Go – Just one time I’d like to walk in on a group of guys having a conversation like this:

    “Hey, guess what? I was up late last night with Melanie. She was going through some family problems, and needed me to be there for her.”

    “Hell yea man! Emotional sensitivity with no ulterior motives, that’s what I’m talking about!”

  • Straight America’s gay baggage: Why Michael Sam matters – About four years before I came out as queer, a high school teacher asked our class how many of us would be comfortable changing in front of a gay person. I don’t think anyone raised their hand. I’m sure I didn’t.

    That squirmy high school moment came to mind when I saw ESPN analyst and ex-NFL player and coach Herm Edwards, in response to Michael Sam’s coming out, compare him to “a player that has some issues, off the field issues” who’s “bringing baggage into your locker room.”

  • The Vast Shredding of America’s Moral Fiber – The only silver lining for the extended debate over extended unemployment insurance is that we are getting a good clear look at the standard conservative mindset about wealth and poverty, and fortune and misfortune. Paul Krugman calls it "hard-hearted and soft-headed."
  • The NFL Will Never Be ‘Ready’ for an Openly Gay Player – Powerful interests are rarely "ready" for change, so much as they are assaulted by it. We refer to barriers being "broken" for a reason. The reason is not because great powers generally like to unbar the gates and hold a picnic in the honor of the previously excluded.
  • How Many More Tragedies Does It Take Before We Stop Turning Our Backs on Mental Illness? – Onset of serious mental illness in late teens and early twenties is very common and often shocking to the families that experience it. The medical community knows this; researchers know this; millions of families know this and yet we wait for the topic to find its time while millions try to cope. Surely we can do better.

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