Former WNBA Star Candice Wiggins Bullied for Being Heterosexual ⋆ American Lens

Former WNBA Star Candice Wiggins Bullied for Being Heterosexual

In a recent interview, former WNBA star Candice Wiggins let loose about how she was bullied while playing in the league.

Via San Diego Tribune:

Me being heterosexual and straight, and being vocal in my identity as a straight woman was huge,” Wiggins said. “I would say 98 percent of the women in the WNBA are gay women. It was a conformist type of place. There was a whole different set of rules they (the other players) could apply.

“There was a lot of jealousy and competition, and we’re all fighting for crumbs,” Wiggins said. “The way I looked, the way I played – those things contributed to the tension.

“People were deliberately trying to hurt me all of the time. I had never been called the B-word so many times in my life than I was in my rookie season. I’d never been thrown to the ground so much. The message was: ‘We want you to know we don’t like you.’”

American Lens’ SisterToldjah picked up the Candice Wiggins story and commented on it over at her new blog, Lemonade Musings.

She comments on the different ways people are treated in various workplace scenarios, but nails it when it comes to how women treat other women in the workplace.


In short, women can be their own worst enemies – even worse sometimes than the men who are supposedly holding them back from greater things. And the more authority she gets, the worse off it can be.

Can you imagine a toxic atmosphere where most of the players you’re up against, or play alongside, are different than you and that “culture” is the norm and you are treated differently – rudely – because you don’t fit into the culture? Aren’t projecting the right “image” your collective group thinks you should be?

Hetero women in the workforce can be awful enough towards each other. But in an environment where you are conditioned to look, act, and compete like an [aggressive] man, as Wiggins suggests in her interview, can make it unbearable.

Go read the whole thing.

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