The NBA's Flagrant Intolerance

The NBA's Flagrant Intolerance

The decision to move the All-Star game has far reaching implications about the rights of communities and individuals
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The community of Charlotte, North Carolina was preparing to host the biggest three days in basketball: the All-Star weekend, scheduled for early next year. It was an appropriate city for the event. In addition to being the home of NBA team the Charlotte Hornets, it’s the hometown of Dallas Mavericks shooting guard Seth Curry and his little known older brother Steph (he plays for Golden State).

The anticipation was jolted by an announcement by the National Basketball Association that the All-Star game would be moved because of the league’s objection to North Carolina’s House Bill 2 (HB2).

The bill’s essential problem, in the eyes of the league, is discrimination. ESPN writes that the law “most notably requires that people use bathrooms in publicly funded spaces that reflect the gender associated with the biological sex on their birth certificates”. This allegedly discriminates against people who identify with a gender other than their biological one.

To state the news a different way: The representatives of the people of North Carolina have made a decision that they believe is best for the safety of the citizens of their state that involves the manner in which public spaces are used. Now the city of Charlotte and the people of North Carolina are being punished as a result.

While avoiding the raging argument about the twisted ethics of indiscriminately allowing people to deny their biological gender when they go to the restroom, I believe it has to be pointed out that the NBA’s decision has far reaching implications. Not only about discrimination, but about the rights of individuals and persons to express their beliefs and act upon them.

The NBA, unconsciously, is not only declaring what they believe to be right: they are stating that the state of North Carolina has to agree with them, or else. However, the state’s decision does not involve invasion of the individuals lives of its LGBTQ community or the use of private property. It is well within the people’s rights to regulate how their public spaces restrooms.

The argument is definitely one of principle. It does not make any material difference in the LGBTQ community of North Carolina to be restricted in their restroom use, but the moral victory for them is invaluable. On the other hands, proponents of the law within the state believe they are taking measures that they believe will ultimately protect the children of their schools.

The NBA has rescheduled the event in Charlotte to 2019, on the condition that the situation changes to suit their position. Regardless of how these events play out, however, the League’s decision has immediate implications that cannot be ignored: if a state cannot be allowed to honestly act on its beliefs without paying a price, the same will be true of individuals as things move forward. The demand for tolerance of any and every demand of the LGBTQ community is coming at the cost of freedom belief by everyone else.

In its push against discrimination and tolerance, the NBA has discriminated against a state for its choice and behaved intolerantly of the beliefs of that state’s legislature and governor. We all should feel compelled to evaluate the strength of our positions on these issues, since they may come at a cost in the end.

Cover Image Credit: Charlotte Observer

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If You Wear XL T-Shirts And Shorts, You're The Woman Of My Dreams

Enough with the war on comfort!
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Comfortable can be sexy, simply put.

For some reason there are people complaining out there about the Southern college trend that has been happening the past few years: big t-shirts and shorts, also known as the "srat uniform." There seems to be a clash between the girls who dress "nice" most of the time and girls who dress for comfort. As a guy, I don't see what the big deal is?

For college in the South, there are two reasons to dress up: college football (Roll Tide) and date parties. Any other time, you can find a majority of the female population in shorts and a big t-shirt that makes it look like they're not wearing pants. As a man, I personally don't see anything wrong with this. I love being comfortable as much as the next person, and most guys find the baggy t-shirt and shorts outfit to be cute. There's always a time and place for dresses and rompers.

But for all the haters out there that call these girls in XL t-shirts and shorts lazy, you've got it all wrong.

There are 4 reasons why the girls who don the "srat uniform" have it all figured out.

1. Girls have it rough.

See, it's tough being a girl. I don't know from experience, but I hear it enough and I've seen it enough to know it's true. When girls aren't dealing with f***boys, periods or having to do their hair and makeup routinely, they are being overly criticized by our society. I think society owes girls a break, and that break comes in the comfortable baggy t-shirt and shorts.

2. Southern Not-So-Comfort(able) weather.

Also, for all of the haters, maybe y'all haven't noticed that it's hotter than Satan's balls in the South! Tight, dressy outfits and pants constrict the body and cause you to sweat. I'd rather see a dry girl in a baggy t-shirt than a girl drenched in sweat trying to look cute with her outfit.

3. Perfect doesn't exist.

It's admirable when a girl can unapologetically be herself. A girl in an XL t-shirt and shorts is a girl that is saying "yes, I may have just rolled out of bed and brushed my hair, but I'm here dammit." Social media tells us we all have to be the dolled up, most "perfect" version of ourselves all the time, so it's nice to experience that reality check.

4. Guys think it's cute, regardless.

9 times out of 10, guys in college do not care what you're wearing. Trust me, we aren't doing much better. You could probably put on a garbage bag and we still think you're cute. Any guy that dates a girl that dates a girl only because she dresses nicely all of the time is a shallow man. You're cute, you're comfortable, and that makes for a much better vibe. We all win.

So, in the battle of dressing "nice" and dressing comfortable, I think that the girls who wear an XL t-shirt and shorts chalk up a win in my record book. No, I'm not bashing on girls who have a true sense of style and wear nice clothing... that's a great thing in itself! But, this is college and there are more important things to focus on besides what we're wearing.

Ladies, wear your srat uniform with pride. Some us think it's cute :)

*I want to thank the beautiful ladies at the University of Alabama for inspiring this article.*

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Mariners Catcher Mike Marjama Puts Down His Glove To Join The National Eating Disorder Association

Mike Marjama is defying all stereotypes and speaking up for what he truly believes in.

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Mike Marjama's retirement announcement on Monday came as a shock to many, but he is pursuing much greater things now.

This past March, Mike Marjama publicly opened up about his struggles in high school with anorexia nervosa. As a wrestler, he was faced with abundant pressure to fit into a certain weight category. He was constantly having his body critiqued and compared to other individuals.

After sharing his struggles with the world, Mike Marjama received a plethora of positive feedback and support. So, he decided to work full-time with NEDA to help support individuals struggling just like he struggled.

There is an assumption in the world today that individuals with eating disorders are white, emaciated females. By speaking up, Mike Marjama is defying one of these stereotypes. He is showing that eating disorders do not have a "look" and that males can develop eating disorders, too.

Baseball has been Mike Marjama's life and he is stepping away from that to help support individuals with struggles similar to him. He is stepping away from a job paying him over $500,000 dollars a year in order to volunteer his time to work as a NEDA ambassador. Sports are a great past-time and passion, but Mike Marjama has decided at the young age of 28 to pursue something greater with his life.

I am simply in awe by the courage of this man.

The courage of this man to share his struggles.

The courage of this man to defy the stereotypes.

The courage of this man to aim for something better.

The courage of this man to serve God.

This man speaking out can result in the diagnosis and treatment of males with eating disorders worldwide. It can show men that having an eating disorder does not make them weak, but rather, admitting that they have one makes them strong.

As an individual who has suffered from anorexia nervosa, thank you, Mike Marjama.

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