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Tuesday, November 26, 2002
10:49 PM

Girls' field hockey...with a twist.... Fascinating piece tonight on HBO's Real Sports, hosted by Bryant Gumbel. To his credit, one of Gumbel's reporters is Bernard Goldberg. author of Bias: A CBS Insider Exposes How the Media Distort the News, a book I blogged extensively this past summer.

Tonight Goldberg did a piece on a high school boy who plays on a girls' field hockey team in, I believe, Rhode Island. Sorry, forget the boy's name. It was riveting and I can't reprise all of it, but I'm blogging here because it featured brief takes with Donna Lopiano, a Title IX feminist with the Women's Sports Foundation. And you know how I feel about that.

Basic facts: there are no boy's field hockey teams in the U.S. But there are 40 boys in the U.S. who play on the girl's teams, just as there are girls who belong to some middle-school and high school football and ice hockey and wrestling teams. The lad in this piece, who by the way looks dashing in his skirt, said he's playing to keep in shape during the ice hockey off-season.

Bottom line: Donna Lopiano doesn't want this guy to play (as many parents do not). First reason: as a bigger, stronger male, it's unfair competition and he'll hurt somebody. But the field hockey coach, a woman, says there haven't been any injuries. And I'll note the "bigger, stronger" argument is expediently tossed aside when feminists start talking about women in military combat.

Reason number two: women are the "under-represented gender." And this gives the lie to Lopiano's argument. As Bernard Goldberg said in tonight's piece, what feminists like Lopiano mean when they say "equality" is actually "more opportunity for women--and only for women." In that world, it's okay for girls to play on the football team, but it is never, ever okay for a boy to play on a girl's field hockey team.

Just like it's a gross injustice if a woman can't join Augusta, but it is right and just if there are 60+ all-women's colleges supported with my tax dollars. It's not about equality, it's about grievances unto eternity and a mere power struggle. This is me, not Bernie.

Bryant Gumbel, to my surprise, commented that Lopiano's stance was a "new low." He didn't mean it as a compliment.

And he set up the piece by mentioning, in passing, the Augusta issue.

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