On Friday, I conducted one of my favorite interviews – an informed telephone conversation with Chantelle Anderson who plays for the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream.
Chantelle touched on many different points in this interview, but this discussion was not centered upon her role on the court.
Instead, it’s formulated around some of the topics that Chantelle has brought up off the court on her blog, and they have to do with the image and sexual orientation of modern female athletes.
Chantelle’s blog has gotten quite a bit of attention since she’s started writing just a year ago. For example, her post titled The Choice between Sports and Sex Appeal received 73 comments, and her most popular post to date, Why Men Hate Lesbians, received 193 comments. Looks like she’s going to start video blogging, too.
If you click through to her posts and read some of the comments, you can see Chantelle actively engages with her readers, responding to most (if not all) with her honest opinion. In my opinion, this is awesome. Please correct me if I’m wrong, but I think Chantelle is the first female athlete… ever… to take these issues head on.
Regardless of whether or not I agree with what Chantelle says, I do have to give her major kudos for being open, honest and consistently responsive. She’s airing some first-hand answers to questions that many people have about professional female athletes – questions that may or may not keep them from attending games.
Instead of casting blank, uninformed opinion about Chantelle’s blog, in the spirit of openness and transparency (which both the Chantelle and the WNBA have recently decided to live), I decided to talk with Chantelle directly, asking her important questions and receiving honest answers. Oh, and I recorded it as a podcast (click the play button at the top or bottom of this post).
Thanks again for talking to me, Chantelle – looking forward to hearing more from you in the future. Keep airing these topics – we need to keep having these important conversations. Most importantly, we need ALL women in the sports industry to participate.