Tuesday, August 21, 2012
The slam dunk/point after/empty net goal commentary on women members finally being allowed into Augusta National is the one that celebrates the demise of a notorious sexist bastion and heralds the dawn of a new era of gender equality.
This is not that commentary.
Breaking the gender barrier at a high-falootin' country club doesn't exactly rank up there with women getting the vote or equal pay for work of equal value. It's the grownup version of girls forcing their way into a tree fort for no other reason than the boys decided that girls aren't allowed, and it's not going to make Augusta National any less exclusive in the bigger picture. Just because two women of enormous wealth and privilege have been embraced as members doesn't kick down the door for bored middle class housewives, empty nest retirees or the local ladies auxiliary.
This isn't a victory for women's rights. That war was won on issues of real substance. It's a victory for political correctness and spite, and a hollow victory at that.
Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to join Curves.