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Excuse me for being a girl

June 18, 2011

Representative John Boehner, Speaker of the House of representatives and therefore one of the most powerful men in the United States and the world, belongs to a golf club that not only will not admit women, it won’t even allow them on the grounds.

It’s so bad that years ago, when a small plane carrying a woman crashed near the 18th hole, employees quickly escorted her to the front gate and sent her on her way.

I guess that shouldn’t surprise me, given the Republican party’s attitude toward women in general – that we shouldn’t be allowed to prevent pregnancy or decide what to do about it, but after we give birth, we certainly shouldn’t receive any assistance raising or educating the children we were forced to bear.

But it does. It is 2012 and I do find it shocking that, simply because of the arrangement and function of my genitalia, I would be denied entry to a club, and that, furthermore, the Speaker of the House thinks that should not be a problem. Memo to the Speaker: exclusion is a problem here in the land of the free and home of the brave where we are supposed to have equality for everyone.

Oh, calm down, little lady, it’s just a golf club that you don’t want to go to, anyway! Why so upset?

I imagine that if I had a club where people at the highest levels of power discussed issues of vital importance to our country in a congenial atmosphere of camaraderie but I decided to exclude people with naturally Oompa-Loompa orange skin, Mr. Boehner might change his tune.

If Mr. Boehner wanted to chat with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over a round of golf, he couldn’t take her to this club. It’s just galling that he associates with people who, for one reason or another, for some reason find women so objectionable that they can’t even swing a golf club in their presence.

This is part of their makeup, part of what is so vitally important to them that a plane crash victim had to be hustled off the property rather than given a comfy chair and a glass of water while she settled her nerves.

I have personally argued (somewhat tongue in cheek, and with a great deal of back-and-forth) that men shouldn’t be allowed at BlogHer. As the member of an oppressed group (and if you don’t think women are still oppressed, try being one), I felt that we needed a place to be open and flower on our own. But you know what – I have changed my mind. I feel like BlogHer has become such a place of power for women that no matter how many men come, the girls will be all right.

Meanwhile, back in Boehner’s world, men still control government, business, banking, the military, the media and most of the money. I wonder when they will feel they are safe enough to let women in?

Kicking some mugger butt
I’m ready to kick discrimination in the nuts.

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    June 18, 2011 20:08

    I think your change of heart about Blogher is really profound. And I couldn’t agree more. I am not threatened by male voices in an environment that exists to support women.

    I would hope that Bohner would not be threatened by female voices in an environment that exists to support…golf.

    • June 18, 2011 23:36

      What, me, profound? (cocks head to the side)

  2. June 18, 2011 20:39

    I would pity the plaid jacketed bastard who tried to escort me from the greens following a PLANE CRASH.

    • June 18, 2011 23:35

      Oh, I’d love to see that. Except that I don’t want you to be in a plane crash.

  3. June 18, 2011 23:39

    that this place still exists at all is a travesty.

  4. June 20, 2011 08:51

    I’m not surprised that Boehner is so out of touch that he is a member of a group that excludes woman. What surprises me is that a place like this still exists. How? I’d love to see a complete list of who is a member there. Bet there are some more disheartening surprises on the list.

    • June 21, 2011 14:25

      I read that a bunch of newspeople…I think Bryant Gumbel and Bob Schlieffer are members. Disappointing.

  5. June 23, 2011 12:25

    Boehner. Heh!

    Sorry, had to get that out of the way.

    Mayhap we should organize an even where women skydive onto the greens, hundreds of us, falling from the sky like a menstrual rain. Or maybe a leaflet drop, but with bras instead of leaflets.


    • June 26, 2011 17:48

      OMG women on a golf course. Almost as bad as snakes on a plane.

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