March 27, 2003


Saw this story in the New York Times today:

Martha Burk intensified her campaign to force Augusta National Golf Club to admit women as members yesterday by invoking the war in Iraq, saying that women can serve in the armed forces and die in combat but cannot join the home of the Masters.

"It's an insult to the 250,000 women serving in the United States military," she said at a news conference outside City Hall.

No, it's an insult that you would try to leverage war in order to gain a tee time, Martha. It's also an insult when you consider the war that you're trying to use for your own personal gain is being fought in a country where rape is expected and sexual discrimination is part of the religion, not just a societal tic. The Big Berthas in your bag will get more exposure to the sun in one afternoon than a million women's faces will in Iraq this year.

Your point may have been valid when you started this, but that moment grows increasingly distant in the rear-view mirror with every stunt like this.

It's at this point that I'm reminded of a line Dennis Miller said. The issue isn't that women should be included or excluded.

It's that there are some bullshit male rituals that women shouldn't want to be a part of.

Aim higher, Martha. Your windmill is losing steam.

Posted by Jeff at March 27, 2003 05:34 PM | TrackBack