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  •  Hmmmmm (4.00)
    "...and How Their Radical Feminist Assault Is Ruining Our Schools, Families, Military , and Sports"

    Being both female and a lifelong competitive athlete, I'd sure love to hear her take on how feminism is DESTROYING sports.  Heh.  I'm sure she's basing her opinion on years of past athletic experience.  Rolling eyes.  Man, I've got some stories to tell her on what it was like in the late 70s and early 80s to be an athletic girl.

    On second thought, nah.  Hairbrains like her, I've learned, are not worth my time.  I'll just go on and keep her on "ignore" like I do with the other Coulters.

    "People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people."- "V" in "V for Vendetta

    IMPEACH Bush

    by smugbug on Mon Jan 09, 2006 at 07:02:39 PM PST

    •  It's because of college sports (4.00)
      You know, how colleges have to balance their scholarships and now mens sports can't have 15 teams while women's sports on campus have 3.
      •  Yeah, I figured that. (none)
        You know what?  After hanging with athletes of both genders - I don't believe men have an issue; especially athletic males.  Most of them actually like the fact that women are becoming more competitive in sports.

        Also, my dad is one of the biggest conservatives out there - he's quite full of the Rethug Kool-Aid and he can't say enough good things about my competitive background to anyone who listens.  He's quite the bragger, actually.   I seriously don't know why people (who aren't athletic, btw) have an issue about Title IX - other than if a woman is not athletic by any measure, means she's more easily controllable by the right-wing.  I suppose that's what they want.

        "People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people."- "V" in "V for Vendetta

        IMPEACH Bush

        by smugbug on Mon Jan 09, 2006 at 07:17:03 PM PST

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        •  My son is a college athlete (none)
          His sport is Volley Ball and because of Title IX his team is not a intercollegiate varsity sport.  But he has never complained about it.  He'd have a scholarship if it was and still he doesn't complain about it.  He's good enough that he could transfer at this point and play for a Varsity team somewhere else, but he likes his school and he is capt of the team and pres of his fraternity, which he has spent some time reforming, banning hazzing and all that.
          When he was home at Christmas I asked him why he didn't date one of the girls on the Volleyball team (he and his ex keep getting back together for the odd weekend but really do not have that much in common...though I love her, she is a sweet girl). He admited that he was considering doing that. I would love it if he and Jessica could work things out, I have known her for 6 years.  But his best female friends have always been athletes and you are right, he likes that they are atheletic and have sports in common.
        •  Which reminds me... (none)
          One of the first things Alito said during the confirmation hearings today, as he was introducing his family, was that (paraphrasing) his daughter is a competitive high school swimmer who led her team to the county championships.

          Congrats to her -- and if she goes on to swim varsity in college, she'll have feminists to thank for the opportunity. I wonder if she'll come running to the feminists when her team gets cut after dad hands down a Title IX decision.

        •  what do you play? (none)
          I'm a sports fan and have been immensely cheered in recent years by the growth of girls' and women's athletics.

          Back in my day there wasn't much on offer.  I did manage to run track in high school (although there wasn't a girls' team, so I couldn't go to the state meet).

          I seriously don't know why people (who aren't athletic, btw) have an issue about Title IX

          In the immortal words of Ron Swoboda regarding hecklers: "They couldn't break a sweat jerking off."

          Perhaps some mighty victory is growing in you now. - Mike Finley

          by hrh on Mon Jan 09, 2006 at 08:46:13 PM PST

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          •  Oh, where to start.... (none)
            I began playing soccer when I was 10.  There was no girls team at the time, so I had to play on a boys team.  I tried out and got midfielder position.  The team soon after became co-ed and shortly after that, a girls league began.  After high school, I was invited to try out for some national college-age womens team (that eventually became the Olympic womens soccer team) - but decided, after 8-years, I had had enough of soccer.

            Turned to bodybuilding, and after that strength sports (power lifting and strongwoman), then boxing.  During high school, played some volleyball (difficult when you're 5'4"), softball, and a bit of indoor soccer.  Now, mountain biking, still lift, and whatever else I can do - maybe snowboarding and box again.  Heh.

            I admire track athletes - but have never tried it.  Been curious about the javelin or shotput, though.  And love that Ron Swoboda quote.  Exxxxccccellent. Oh, but athletics are awesome.  You can do 'em for the rest of your life.  Just like art (my other passion). Gender (as a way of measuring ability), don't mean a damn thing if you're driven.

            "People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people."- "V" in "V for Vendetta

            IMPEACH Bush

            by smugbug on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 12:21:05 AM PST

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            •  very cool! (none)
              Wow, you have quite a repertoire.  Soccer is a great sport.  I don't know if you saw my comment awhile back about the dipshit George Will and his views on girls playing soccer:

              http://www.dailykos.com/comments/2005/12/29/105831/83/16#16

              My son's schoolteacher also teaches snowboarding.  He tells me that you're never too old to learn.  He taught one woman who was in her 60s and is actively snowboarding now.  I think I might try it.  I know a good orthopedic surgeon :-)

              Do you have any of your art online?  I'm opening up a music and art blog soon, similar in format to DKos, and I'm looking for contributors - of both writing and artwork.

              Perhaps some mighty victory is growing in you now. - Mike Finley

              by hrh on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 07:23:40 AM PST

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              •  Cool (none)
                Didn't see that diary - thanks for linking it!  And that's right: one is never too old to snowboard!  Hehe.  

                I have the link to my online portfolio in my profile here.  Also, I have a Flickr page.  I'll see if I can get the link to it for you. And a art blog?  Hmmmm, got some other folk who may be interested in that.

                "People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people."- "V" in "V for Vendetta

                IMPEACH Bush

                by smugbug on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 06:04:43 PM PST

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      •  College Sports... (none)
        One of my favorite exchanges from "The American President":  


        An informal Christmas party is underway with maybe 20 GUESTS, some of them familiar faces.

        SHEPHERD and a GREEN-BLAZERED MAN

                GREEN BLAZERED MAN (GILL)
            Mr. President, militant women are out
            to destroy college football in this
            country.

                SHEPHERD
            Is that a fact?

                GREEN BLAZERED MAN (GILL)
            Have you been following this
            situation down in Atlanta? These
            women want parity for girls'
            softball, field hockey, volleyball...

                SHEPHERD
            If I'm not mistaken, Gill, I think
            the courts ruled on Title 9 about 20
            years ago.

                GREEN BLAZERED MAN (GILL)
            Yes sir, but now I'm saying these
            women want that law enforced.

                SHEPHERD
            Well, it's a world gone mad, Gill.


    •  What Teresa Said. (none)
      I was going there also.
    •  Ruining sports in particular (none)
      If  Mia Hamm, Bonnie Blair, Serena and Venus, Picabo Street, Danica Patrick, Swin Cash, and Sheryl Swoopes woulda just stayed home... well, think about how much more time we could have spent watching Rafael Palmiero shooting steroids into his shapely buttocks. Much more inspiring to me, for one.

      "Anything that's good for your heart is good for your penis." Dr. John Mulhall,New York Presbyterian Hospital

      by sayitaintso on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 10:29:32 AM PST

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