I never grew up with football in my life. My dad wasn't a mega-fan, and I wasn't close with the family members who were. Figure skating was my passion, and I was naturally drawn to feminine athleticism. Originally, I believed strongly that football was a sexist, homophobic, and under the surface quite racist sport. When I met my boyfriend, my eyes were tugged open.
I was forced to evaluate my impressions of my beloved figure skating--I took a step back to notice how subtly racist, sexist, and homophobic figure skating's nature is. Each sport has its pros and cons, and we love them anyway! Sports are, in many ways, not only about the game, but about the culture of the game. When we are able to judge the sport as a whole, we are able to appreciate its important lessons. Here are some I've taken away: