You don’t need to be female or gay to find Megan Rapinoe inspirational. To me, she stands for speaking up for what’s right, being willing to work as hard as necessary to achieve a particular goal, passing on to others what she’s learned, and far more. Because this blog generally doesn’t address sports or politics or gender, I won’t write at length as I might wish. Instead, here are several fine articles describing why I’m such a fan.
One of my favorite comments is echoed in the diversity of the USWNT: “You can’t win a championship without gays on your team. It’s never been done before. Ever.”
Everyone should look at the ESPN photographic essay about her and her girlfriend Sue Bird (one of the finest women’s basketball players ever) as it shows a view of the female body that is never shown. Because the photographs are nudes, you can see the beauty and strength of a world-class athletic female body. You can also envision the hours and hours of work needed to achieve the top levels of performance in the world. These are bodies built for maximum performance that are also beautiful. I am in awe (particularly of Rapinaoe’s abdomen) and so proud of the accomplishments of both women.
(1) Anderson Cooper interview:
Wonderfully quotable statements here, including: “Maybe America’s great for a few people right now, but it’s not great for enough Americans;” and to President Trump: “Your message is excluding people” plus “You have a responsibility as the chief of this country to take care of every single person, and you need to do better by everyone.”
(2) Megan Rapinoe as a walking protest on issues she considers important:
(3) Megan Rapinoe as a new American hero:
(4) The ESPY awards where the team winning the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup won an award over competing male teams in multiple sports (as well they should have):
(5) The body issue of ESPN’s online magazine where the two women appeared on the cover but on the website as the first photo:
(6) Fine overview of Rapinoe as lightning rod:
(7) Women World Cup winners in Sports Illustrated:
(8) Arrogant, ruthless, and unapologetically themselves: in the NY Times