Hello, my little neglected blog, and any people who may still occasionally check it. Sorry for the prolonged absence, school’s been a bitch and I should actually be working on homework right now, but my brain is tired. And what do we do when we don’t feel like thinking, boys and girls? That’s right – we find and fisk and anti-feminist. Today’s nearly incoherent and certainly unresearched pile of poorly segued and embarassingly tired half-thoughts comes from Detroit’s Holly Browne, who is all about feminism when it’s about equal pay and political representation, but was forced to seriously reconsider if feminism had gone “too far” when her young son was checked on the soccer field. By a girl. Her son could have easily cleaned that girl’s clock, if he hadn’t been conditioned, by feminists, to never hit a woman.
And she’s right, we were so focused on combating domestic violence that we never stopped to think about what havoc our message could wreck on co-educational youth soccer standings.
I noted the parents of the girls’ team smiling smugly whenever one of their players managed to knock over one of our boys.
Now, the fact is, when you get into the age of puberty and beyond, most of those boys could, if they chose, send a girl flying into the boards at any point. Feminism aside, it’s a simple fact of nature that men are physically stronger than women. But they are taught never to use that physical strength against a woman.
Listening to the grumbling coming from the parents of the boys, it was obvious that our guys weren’t playing their best game. They would hesitate for a second too long or hold back just a bit, yielding to a baser instinct not to hurt a girl.
Holly’s quick to point out that she’d not want to see her son and his friends punch those smug smiles right off those girls heads, but you know, she’s just saying that they totally could have. If they wanted to (everyone knows that the under-12 age group is when boys are most physically intimidating compared to girls). Which they didn’t. Because they’re gentlemen, just like the feminists wanted. And probably because their coach doesn’t encourage that kind of crap, you know, sportsmanship and all.
But I feel she’s being unfair to the feminists. We said it was never OK to hit a woman, and we were assuming a situation in which the aggressor is using his physical advantage to unfairly control a woman with whom he has some sort of relationship. Also, it’s still not OK to punch, assault, or shoot random women because ever since she left you they’re all just cunts who deserve to be shot. I’m not sure there’s anything in the feminist agenda that addresses bodychecking in youth sports. I’m pretty sure the appropriateness of roughing up an opponent of any gender depends on how much of a douche your child’s coach is.
We drill it into our boys’ heads from a very young age that they should never push, shove or hit a girl; if anything, they are to step to the defense of a girl when necessary. Then we put them all out on the soccer field — basketball court, wrestling mat, pick a sport — together where the boys are supposed to be as physically competitive with girls as they would be with boys. We are confusing our boys.
Anyone care to make that flow chart? Here, I’ll start you off:
YES -> Does she have the ball and you want it real bad, but otherwise your feelings toward her are neutral/positive
—-YES -> Go ahead, as long as you’re sure the ref isn’t looking
—-NO -> Let someone else check her
NO -> Are you mad she was talking to another guy/went out with her friends instead of you and yours/wearing that thing you told her not to wear?
——YES -> Do not hit her, try to calm down.
——No -> Then what the hell are you angry with? Do not hit her, try to calm down.
No anti-feminist column would be complete without the obligatory Mentioning of Pop Culture Event that Feminists Were Clearly Not Behind and Did Not Condone but is So Far in the Past that it is But A Hazy Memory in the Public Mind and therefore can be Taken Out of Context.
I recall a shopping trip I made with my daughter a couple of years ago. As we were browsing in one of the popular mall shops, we came across some T-shirts that stated “Boys Are Stupid — Throw Rocks at Them.”…Do we women really need to teach our girls to bash boys, physically and emotionally, to make our mark in the world?
This is relevant because the offending soccer player threw a rock at her son just like the shirt told her to. OK, I made that part up. The shirts don’t actually have anything to do with anything. Hey, remember one of those slogans made it onto some Happy Bunny merchandise? Remember Happy Bunny? Happy Bunny is not actually happy nor is he appropriate for young children. I bet Holly could make a real good article about that.
After the soccer game, I asked a manager why this talented girls team didn’t play up a few levels within the girls division instead of entering the boys’ leagues. I was told that prohibiting them from playing in the boys division would be considered discrimination. Amazing. Women have fought a long, hard battle to earn equal rights. We now have clubs, sports, colleges and political organizations solely for women and the support of women’s rights. But we’re still not satisfied.
Because NOW and the League of Women Voter’s exist, the existence of co-educational leagues in which some girls’ teams are encouraged to play dirty just like some boy’s teams is clearly greedy over-reaching on the part of radical feminist dykes.
So in conclusion, because of the feminist brainwashing about how boys should refrain from hitting girls under any circumstances, feminists have not only destroyed her son’s team’s chances of finishing top in the league, but also they’ve hamstrung Holly and Holly’s parental contemporaries in their quest to raise sons who are manly, and who know “how to treat a lady.” Because it’s not chivalry if he’s refraining from hitting her just because he knows she might hit back.