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May 22, 2003
Tee, Drive, Par, Eagle, Birdie,

Partridge In A Pear Tree

At this moment, Annika Sorenstam is impressive and this guy is being sort of offensive, but funny in that "men so need to get over themselves" way.

And this article has it right. She's not proving anything for any feminist 'cause' and not making any kind of a stand against male domination. She's just playing golf, and matching herself against the best players she can find around the world. If that means being the first woman in this particular tournament in 58 years, well, who cares?

Read the entire article, it's short but makes some good points.

The fuss and furor surrounding this tournament show how far we have to go toward true equality.

The story shouldn't be her gender. The story should be that she's awesome.

Where's the adulation poured upon Tiger Woods when he started kicking b*tt on every golf course in the country? Is it just because she's not from the USofA?

Why isn't the story, "Who's better Annika or Tiger? When are they going to face off?"

But, no. It's all about the boys not wanting any girl cooties on the boys' playground.

I'm just saying. If this turns out to be a story about gender and not about golf, it's the men who made it that way. If this turns out to be some kind of "feminist manifesto," the men are going to have to write it, because that's not what Annika is all about.

If this ends up generating a storm of controversy over men-vs-women, it's going to be a shame, because it clouds the only legitimate story, which is the game. (I mean, 'a shame' assuming you care about golf which, quite frankly, I don't.)

The only thing I can figure out is that, like in the funny column linked above, the little boys are scared to death they're going to lose to a girl and the other little boys are going to make fun of them, and how ignorant is that in this day and age? Someone, please tell me there's some more valid argument at the root of all of this than that.

Posted by AnneZook at 12:21 PM