Greetings, Olympic fans, and welcome to our open thread. Tonight's events include the bobsled, speed skating, and skiing, so grab a cup of hot cocoa, wave whatever flag you wish, and get ready for some gold medal action.
What do you all think of think of this?
Here's the photo:
I can't make up my mind because I do have a quarter of a mind to say it's no big deal and he shouldn't get his medal taken from him for silly behavior. Being queer, and gender queer as well, my friends and I take pix like this all the time.
HOWEVER-this is not someone who is gender queer, and I do not for one second support that archaic and dangerous "boys will be boys" attitude either...
HOWEVER-if this woman was having fun too (which I guess we can't really know)-how is it wrong?
I don't go in for that "he's a representative of american athletes" argument-other than the fact that a woman on her knees kissing (sucking?) his medal can be perceived as a disturbingly anti-woman image, and I would agree that we don't want anti-woman attitudes to be supported by prestigious athletic associations. ON THE OTHER HAND-it might not be anti-woman at all, because she can make her own choices...
Argh, can't decide-I'd love to hear what ya'all think.
Also apologies if this has already been brought up, I haven't had a chance to read the posts yet!