First (Very important): Happy Beethoven’s Birthday!
Go fire up the Triple Concerto, or the Fifth Piano Concerto and enjoy the sheer grandeur of it all. Turn it up loud. Great music is meant to be listened to loud.
Okay, that out of the way…
Now, today’s NPR Watch feature:
I was listening to National Public Radio (NPR) on my way into work today(1). It was their morning fake news program called, “Morning Edition.”
Remember: NPR has one goal in life: to support the efforts of whatever loud left-wing grievance groups are out and about. The loudest whiners get the most NPR attention. That’s it.
The feature this morning was on Abby Wambach, soon to be former soccer player for the U.S. National soccer team, or some such. So, the focus of NPR’s leftist whine today is: feminism.
The NPR interviewer, one David Greene, was gushing all over Wambach. And, let’s face it, her accomplishments are impressive. She’s won a World Cup with the U.S. team, she’s scored more goals over her career than any professional soccer player, man or woman, alive. She’s a lesbian, which gives her, of course, nearly sainted status on the left, and at NPR.
And, of course, she’s convinced that soccer is all full of a bunch of men discriminating against the women. In short: She’s a perfect NPR patsy!
You can tell how the “interview” went: Question: Well, do you think that women’s soccer has advanced? Answer (of course): Yes, but not nearly enough. Question: Is there still discrimination against women out there in the soccer world? Answer (of course): Yes, lots of it. The reason: women play on astroturf and the men don’t have to.
Well, that salts it! What a bunch of women-hating troglodytes those men are! 🙂 Anyway, the thing that raised my hackles was less what these whiners — both of them — said, than what they didn’t say.
There is sex-based discrimination in sports — all over the world. And it comes from the women’s leagues which, correctly, won’t allow men to compete directly with them. Except, possibly, in chess. I don’t know much about professional chess.
There is, of course, very good reason for this.
There is no sex-based discrimination — or any other type of discrimination — in the men’s leagues. Any woman who can make a man’s team, and contribute positively to that team’s success, would experience no discrimination whatsoever.
The problem: The average reject from any men’s sports league would be a star in nearly any woman’s sport. Worldwide, there is probably not a woman alive who could make the grade in any men’s professional athletic league or association, while the most mediocre of male athletes would be stars in the women’s leagues.
There is a reason the Women’s National Basketball Association is called that. And it’s the Ladies Professional Golf Association. While the guys play in, simply, the NBA and the PGA — no mention of “Men” in any of that.
Women have competed directly with men — in the PGA, for example, where Suzie Whelan, Annika Sorenstam and Michelle Wie — failed to make the cut(2).
After her attempt to play with the boys, and from the boys’ distances, Annika famously — and controversially — said simply, “We (women) can’t play in men’s golf. No way.” (rough quote)
Women have also splashily tried out for men’s teams — notably in the NBA and as a kicker in the NFL — and didn’t really come even close to being able to make the teams.
Remember the French girl who’s supposedly lighting up the baseball world in France? Major league baseball teams said they’d all give her a shot. Heard anything about her lately?
The point: also left unsaid in the NPR interviewer’s conversation with Abby Wambach: she scored all those goals — against women. She accomplished all her feats, won all her awards, and achieved all her fame and glory — against women. In leagues that absolutely exclude — for sex-based reasons alone — the finest soccer players in the world(3).
(Obligatory disclaimer) Don’t get me wrong: I love women’s sports, but the girls are not nearly as good as the guys. At any of the sports.
In the interview, Abby Wambach got her hackles up that there aren’t enough sponsors spending enough money on the women; that broadcasters are not focusing enough attention on them. She said, “The World Cup final (in which the U.S. team beat Japan to win the cup) was watched by more people than had watched any men’s soccer game. Ever.” Okay, but that soccer match was hyped through the roof. And the U.S. was in it, and it was the final, the U.S. team was heavily favored to win it, and the men typically don’t advance to the World Cup final match, and, and, and… a bunch of stuff that doesn’t normally come together all at once.
It was a great game, and fun to watch — if you’re a red-blooded American. Not, notably, if you’re Japanese. And, presumably, a large portion of people around the world were watching in order to root against the U.S. team.
The point: there’s little indication that the fact that this was a women’s match made any difference at all in the viewership. Had the men made the same run, the viewership, likely, would have far surpassed what the women got. Why? It’s better soccer. Much better soccer. The men’s viewership nearly always surpasses the women’s in cases where there are not all those extraordinary external factors.
The final point: This highly selective reporting on women’s sports is intentional. The NPR’s of the world take great pains to be sure that there are never, ever any comparisons to be made with men’s sports in any feature they do. This is true of all the media.
An example: The longest hitting golfers in women’s golf don’t hit the ball as far I as I do, and I’m a 50-something, out-of-shape dude. When the announcers of men’s golf say that someone “crushed it,” they then go on an tell how far he hit the ball. Not in women’s golf. I’ve never once heard an announcer — man or woman — announce just how far a woman golfer who had “crushed it” actually hit the ball. That kind of announcing “perfection” — they’ve never said it! Not even once (that I’ve heard) and I’ve watched a lot of golf! — comes from serious limits imposed from somewhere else, like: “Thou shalt not — under any circumstances — tell how far a woman golfer hit a tee shot.” Or else, obviously, you’re fired.
Again, I love women’s sports. Absolutely the women should profit from all the benefits and joys and life lessons that come from competing on the field of sport and experiencing the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat and all that.
However, the thing — all the way back up top — about Abby Wambach having scored more professional soccer goals than any other player — male or female — is perfectly meaningless. She did it against vastly lesser competition. NPR’s presentation of the story was meant to make the uninitiated think that Wambach has been soccer’s greatest goal scorer, which is patently untrue.
Final nota bene: What professional baseball player has hit the most career home runs? Your answer would normally be: Barry Bonds.
If, though, you agree with others that Bonds’ homers were steroid-assisted, you might say that Henry Aaron remains the all-time home run king of professional baseball. You’d be wrong in both cases. Professional baseball’s all-time homer crown belongs to Sadaharu Oh of Japan, whose 868 home runs way far and away eclipsed both Bonds’ and Aaron’s marks.
Still, there’s a reason Sadaharu Oh isn’t considered baseball’s home run king: Oh did his slugging in Japan. It’s good baseball in Japan, but it’s not nearly as good as American baseball.
Part II — Remember: Feminism is the Featured NPR Whiny Grievance Group of the Day
During NPR’s afternoon/evening fake new program, erroneously named, “All Things Considered,” the hostette, one Audie Cornish (whom we’ve nicknamed: “Eeyore.” Search “Audie Cornish” in our search box for why) was interviewing a certain John Mullaney (sp.?), a comedian who’s apparently not entirely obscure.
Mullaney has a routine in which he riffs on the old saying: “Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free?”
This old saw was typically delivered by a mother to her daughter when the daughter showed signs of becoming romantically involved with a young swain. The point: don’t have sex with him, because then he won’t have any reason to marry you, since he’s getting all the sex he wants without the commitment of marriage.
Needless to say, that old saying is long gone out the ol’ window. Everyone has sex with anyone and/or the fencepost, when and wherever they please, and it’s all something you and I are supposed to “celebrate.” That makes the Mullaney act potentially funny for the sheer retro-ness of it all.
However, Audie “Eeyore” Cornish couldn’t restrain herself. “Surely,” she sniffed, with an awkward giggle, “you’re not comparing women to cows.”
“Of course not!” Mullaney shot back very, very quickly, “That would be wrong.” Not exact quotes, but that’s the flavor of the conversation.
Now, my point: What is the male version of a cow? Right: a bull. Now, do you think comedians (especially women comedians) might be able to have some fun with that? Of course they would! Do you think comedians (especially women comedians) couldn’t come up with a little riff on the “bull” thing as it just might pertain to men? Of course they could! And, how do you think men in the audience would react to such a riff? Easy: they’d laugh right along with everyone else.
Feminism can’t make up it’s whiny little mind: Women are either (1) titans of unshakeable strength and wisdom, upon whose unsung, overburdened, staunch, bowed but unbroken shoulders the fate of the world rests, and has always rested, or they’re (2) fragile, little violets, ready to be life-shattered by a glance that might or might not be construed as inappropriate. Or by a joke.
(1) – My usual intro to an NPR Watch piece. Where I am now, my third world hellhole trying to make the world safe for democracy, I don’t have the traditional “commute” into work.
(2) – Suzie Whelan earned her way into a tournament with a technicality (she won a tournament playing from the Ladies’ tees) while Annika Sorenstam and Michelle Wie received “sponsor’s exemptions”
(3) – Something of which I wholeheartedly approve, by the way. Want to kill women’s sports entirely? Let the guys play in the women’s leagues. Ignore the vast and horrible abuse caused by Title IX (a post for another day) for a moment, and recognize that women’s leagues can survive if and only if they remain women’s leagues.