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Women ran the world this weekend
June 25, 2012 - Per Peterson
Taking in a Minnesota Lynx game, you have to assume the majority of fans in attendance will be female. That’s not to say the Lynx haven’t grown into a major attraction for both sexes, but it IS women’s basketball, and couple the overriding male theory that the WNBA is not as quality as the NBA and therefore not worth watching, with the obvious demographic the league targets, and it’s no surprise most of the team’s fans are girls and women. Women ruled the day even moreso Saturday when the Lynx played host to the Chicago Sky, as the WNBA officially celebrated the 40th anniversary of Title IX. Hard to believe it’s been 40 years since the game-changing legislation known as Title IX was signed into law by President Richard Nixon. That celebration brought even more females to Target Center. All that was missing Saturday were Tupperware and Pampered Chef kiosks in the concourse. I kid, but it really was a special day, a special weekend, for women across the country — even a local celebrity was honored. Former Dawson-Boyd standout and Olympian Carrie Tollefson, along with former Gopher hockey player Gigi Martin, were recognized at the game for their contributions to women’s athletics. And that wasn’t the only pride-evoking event that day. The weekend was also a time of personal (and political) expression as the city of Minneapolis joined the rest of the nation in a march for gay pride Sunday along Hennepin Avenue. The gay pride happenings spilled over to the game, as many fans at the Lynx game were wearing stickers urging people to vote against the proposed Constitutional amendment which would effectively ban gay marriage in Minnesota. All this made for quite an interesting weekend in the Cities and reminded me to appreciate living in a country where everyone is free to express themselves. That’s something none of us should take for granted, no matter our stance on gay marriage.
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