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Friday, April 12, 2013

Op-Ed: Fox And Friends?

I wanted to mention how disappointed I am in the likes of Joe Rogan, Matt Mitrione, Ronda Rousey, and War Machine, concerning their views on transgender fighter Fallon Fox.

I don't presume to have all the answers, but, as far as this subject, the International Olympic Committee seems to have done a good job of steering society in the right direction.

Athletic commissions in California and Florida don't seem to have an issue with Fox fighting women.

Neither do I and neither should you.

Rather than question Fox's motives, or the status of her mental health, I applaud her for her ability to persevere in the face of narrow-minded and sensationalistic viewpoints.

I tend to ramble and get long winded, but I'm going to try and keep this simple.

I'm no expert on American history, so I won't even bother with how it wasn't all that long ago that some people owned slaves and women weren't allowed to vote. I'll stick with what I definitely do know.

As recently as 1999, with many states and cable companies having banned "ultimate fighting," we nearly lost mixed-martial-arts to political pressures, and only a couple of years ago, Dana White said that women would never fight in the UFC.

In the above-referenced New York Post article, Rousey was quoted as saying, "What if she (Fox) became UFC champion and we had a transgender women’s champion? It’s a very socially difficult situation."

How quickly some of us seem to forget.

Maybe we'll never all be friends, but I sure hope some of us can better learn how to open our minds and employ a little sensitivity.

Speaking of - Fallon Fox on Twitter.