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Portland Thorns women's soccer team pulls T-shirt from sale
The Oregonian ^ | March 22, 2013 | Allan Brettman

Posted on 03/25/2013 8:48:07 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement

The Portland Thorns are removing a T-shirt from store shelves and the team's website in response to criticism that its slogan "Feelin' Thorny?" was sexist.

The T-shirt was gone in slightly less than 24 hours since the controversy broke on Facebook and was fueled on other social media platforms.

(Excerpt) Read more at oregonlive.com ...


TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: oregon; portland; soccer; thorns; thorny
Maybe it was a tribute to NBA exec Rod Thorn.
1 posted on 03/25/2013 8:48:07 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement
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To: ConservativeStatement

I really don’t want to live in a society with no tolerance for humor.

Q: How many feminists does it take to change a light bulb?
A: That’s NOT funny.


2 posted on 03/25/2013 8:50:04 PM PDT by Tigerized ("..and whack 'em, and whack 'em, and whack 'em!' cried the Toad in ecstasy." (continuing in 2013))
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To: ConservativeStatement

Will they replace it with one that says: Feeling Prickly?


3 posted on 03/25/2013 8:53:06 PM PDT by null and void (If the government is so worried about civil disturbance, why are they working so hard to disturb us?)
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To: null and void

I liked one of the comments left after the article....make a T-shirt for the men...”Thorn Dogs”


4 posted on 03/25/2013 8:58:12 PM PDT by A_Tradition_Continues (formerly known as Politicalwit ...05/28/98 Class of '98)
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To: Tigerized

How can a play on the word horny be sexist? Don’t both men AND women get horny?

Just so they don’t ban the shirts that say “Indoor Lacrosse - It’s Like Hockey, With Balls”


5 posted on 03/25/2013 8:58:23 PM PDT by 21twelve ("We've got the guns, and we got the numbers" adapted and revised from Jim M.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Is it sexist to assume that only men are subject to the stae that is the object of the pun?

Why, yes, I do believe it is.


6 posted on 03/25/2013 8:58:48 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: Tigerized

This is just so stupid. If somebody doesn’t like the tee shirts, then don’t buy one. Good grief. I am just so tired of this krap.


7 posted on 03/25/2013 9:01:21 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: Tigerized

I’m with you. I told an Easter joke, and people lost their minds.


8 posted on 03/25/2013 9:14:08 PM PDT by Old Sarge (We are officially over the precipice, we just havent struck the ground yet...)
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To: ConservativeStatement

All soccer is women’s soccer.


9 posted on 03/25/2013 9:14:56 PM PDT by Goldsborough
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To: Tigerized

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8S692f1tnuQ

Christopher Hitchens,,”Why women aren’t funny”.


10 posted on 03/25/2013 9:15:56 PM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: DesertRhino
I never found Hitchens to be funny.

I do believe that a mom with a good sense of humor is priceless.

11 posted on 03/25/2013 10:20:20 PM PDT by Slyfox (The Key to Marxism is Medicine ~ Vladimir Lenin)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Oh, they would NOT have liked the Vesely MN hometown baseball team when they went back to wooden bats. They had teeshirts printed up that said, “We’re Sportin’ WOOD!”


12 posted on 03/25/2013 10:32:08 PM PDT by redhead (NO GROUND TO THE DEVIL! Use Weaponized Prayer)
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To: redhead

Maybe it’s just me but that slogan, “Feeling Thorny?”, smells of both racism and homophobia.


13 posted on 03/25/2013 10:50:10 PM PDT by Robwin
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To: ConservativeStatement
The T-shirt was gone in slightly less than 24 hours since the controversy broke on Facebook and was fueled on other social media platforms.

Mob rule. Thugocrats. Everybody wants to be a petty dictator. Remember when noone freaked out about silly stuff - or they even laughed - because it was a free country? Remember when parents told their kids, "Don't make a federal case out of it"? Nowadays, what *isn't* a federal case?

14 posted on 03/25/2013 10:50:11 PM PDT by Ezekiel (The Obama-nation began with the Inauguration of Desolation.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Don’t Thorn me bro...


15 posted on 03/25/2013 10:59:18 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Compliance with Tyranny is Treason...)
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To: ConservativeStatement
The T-shirts ($28 women's, $25 unisex) had sold well

um...which part again was sexist ?
16 posted on 03/25/2013 11:10:18 PM PDT by stylin19a (obama - Fredo smart)
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To: ConservativeStatement
I hope no one tells them about the University of South Carolina Gamecocks.
They might hurt themselves.








17 posted on 03/26/2013 4:08:43 AM PDT by servo1969
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To: ConservativeStatement
Go to the Portland Thorns website. Whose picture do you suppose pops up on the front page? If you guessed Alex Morgan, go to the head of the class. And Alex is not the only comely lass on the roster.

Women's sports are walking a tightrope. They want to be selling sport, not cheesecake, but good looks help sell tickets. I imagine this is a frustration -- U.S. women's soccer is among the best in the world, the USWNT brought home the Olympic gold medal, and girls soccer is firmly established through the collegiate level. Yet two women's professional leagues have failed financially, and yet a third attempt is now underway. So if you have an Alex Morgan, you find a way to get her picture out, but you don't want to cross the line.

This problem isn't limited to soccer or to women's sports by any means. In this country, men's professional football, basketball, and baseball roll in the dough. Hockey hangs in as a strong number four, and men's soccer has now grown to the point that it seems financially stable, with a tv contract. Everybody else starves.

We grouse about other countries that provide government funding for national and Olympic teams, but the fact is, we provide lavish funding, much of it public, through the university system, until graduation. Then most of our athletes are cut off. The superstars find sponsors, and everyone else scrapes by. I'm not advocating state funded professional athletics, but I do wish we could find club systems that provided better and broader support post college for the top players. And I hope that women's professional soccer can find a sustainable business model. I'd hate for our next World Cup and Olympic teams to be composed of young women who have all gone to Europe to play.

18 posted on 03/26/2013 4:26:29 AM PDT by sphinx
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To: ConservativeStatement

So if I have this right a woman can go on Slut Walks and feel empowered. She can dress like a whore, get drunk, flash her boobs and flirt with men constantly and that’s perfectly fine.

BUT DON’T YOU DARE IMPLY THAT SHE MIGHT BE HORNY!
You sexist pig.

“Pay attention to me!”
“All women are just sex objects to you!”
“Look at me!”
“Stop staring at my boobs!”
“Want to see my new piercing? Check out my new lower back tattoo.”
“Stop raping me with your eyes!”

The Feminist movement is mentally ill.


19 posted on 03/26/2013 4:32:31 AM PDT by servo1969
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To: Old Sarge
I told an Easter joke, and people lost their minds.

I think you should have left the crown of thorns out of it.

20 posted on 03/26/2013 4:34:58 AM PDT by palmer (Obama = Carter + affirmative action)
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To: servo1969
I think you're shooting at the wrong target. The popular culture is drenched in sexual innuendo, and I'm among those who find it offensive. Sexual addiction is clearly running amuck, and it is doing enormous damage to the society. So all of us have day to day decisions to make whether we contribute to or resist the tide. That goes for institutions, including professional sports teams.

The immediate question here is how a women's professional soccer team wants to market itself. Does it want to sell its players as sex objects, or athletes? Take a good look at the team -- IMHO, the young ladies sell themselves quite well enough without putting smutty slogans into official team advertising.

21 posted on 03/26/2013 4:41:32 AM PDT by sphinx
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To: ConservativeStatement
...removing a T-shirt from store shelves and the team's website in response to criticism that its slogan "Feelin' Thorny?" was sexist.

Crass perhaps, but not at all sexist. And this from the same people who trumpet the Vagina Monologues or whatever in the hell it is.

22 posted on 03/26/2013 5:23:37 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: Old Sarge

Got all cross, did they?


23 posted on 03/26/2013 6:39:36 AM PDT by pleasedontzotme
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To: Robwin
Maybe it’s just me but that slogan, “Feeling Thorny?”, smells of both racism and homophobia.

You're right-- it is just you.

24 posted on 03/26/2013 6:47:52 AM PDT by Max in Utah (A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within.)
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To: Robwin

Maybe it’s just me, (LOL!) or where I live, but this (”thorny”) is absolutely meaningless to me beyond a crude pun. We here in Wasilla call ourselves “civilized,” but a lot of this stuff simply never reaches us. Or, if it does, it is laughed at and/or ignored. From the looks of things “Outside” maybe it’s a good thing.


25 posted on 03/26/2013 8:55:30 AM PDT by redhead (NO GROUND TO THE DEVIL! Use Weaponized Prayer)
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