Sunday, July 13, 2008

Fore! Unless You Are A Woman. Then, No Beer For You!

Here is my latest piece on the inequality that women must face when it comes to sports, even when they are not an actual participant.

How about this:
When the men of the Phoenix Country Club saw their feeding ways in peril, they did not tarry. Some sent nasty e-mail messages, hectored players on the fairway and, for good measure, urinated on a fellow club member’s pecan tree.The targets of their ire were the women, and some men, who have dared to speak up against the club’s policy of forbidding women in the men’s grill room, a center of power dining in Phoenix.

Barbara Van Sittert, one of those women, said her husband, Logan, 73, has been heckled while playing golf and once found his locker defaced.

“They hooted and hollered at him and called his wife a whore,” said Mrs. Van Sittert, 72, a petite, quiet woman with an elegant white bob. “It was not warm and fuzzy.”
Or this:
Women at the club are not permitted to have lunch in the men’s grill room with their husbands after a round of golf; they have been barred from trophy ceremonies after tournaments, even ones they have sponsored, and may not participate in one of the most sacred rituals of the men’s grill room — sealing a deal over a beer with a client.
I read this article and was utterly disgusted. What I did find to instill a wee bit of hope into the situation is this article here encouraging women to get out there and keep playing.

Really, this is the big picture for an individual regardless of gender. Get out there and fight against whatever inequality is holding you back!


Habladora said...

So, women can play golf, but they aren't let in the clubhouse for a beer afterwards? How petty are these chumps?

And if someone pees on my pecan tree, I'm peeing on theirs! (Wait ... is pecan tree a euphemism for something I should know about?)

Agincourt said...

I think I'm just agog at the level of coarse, insipid behavior at work here. Hm. Someone help me out here, what state level representative or..senator could we contact about this?... hm...

While McCain is not a member, it appears that his son IS. And McCain outright declined to comment. But by all means..all you disgruntled feminists out there continue either to boycott the upcoming election or vote for McCain as a vote of dissent against Obama. I'm sure that will bring about the change we all strive to achieve.

Habladora said...

Ugh - I know you're being ironic, but I can't stress enough that it isn't a feminist act to support McCain out of some sort of warped loyalty to Clinton. And anyone how goes onto Faux News and says otherwise is probably on their payroll. Voting for a man who doesn't support Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act is not a feminist gesture.

And really - McCain's son is part of this club...!?!

DJ Dual Core said...

A brief overview of the priorities held by the ruling class members of ultra exclusive country clubs.

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Mächtige Maus said...

Hee hee! Good one!

Although...are you sure golf really comes before the cocktails?