Men versus Women
For as long as there have been two sexes, men have assumed their superiority. I’m not sure why they would think that, but I guess it is based on “might means right”.
It seems a long time ago now when Bobby Riggs challenged Billie Jean King to a tennis match. He wanted to prove, once and for all time, that men were better at that sport than women. The match took place on September 20th, 1973 at the Houston Astrodome.
King won in straight sets, and kicked male pride in its collective butt.
Did this event change the course of human events? Not really.
Because it was such a poor showing on Riggs part, people (read, ‘men’) presumed that he had thrown the match to clear gambling debts with the Mafia. In other words, there had to be some reason other than ability as to why King won.
Such is male reasoning, especially in sports.
They also did not have a rematch, as originally agreed. Did King not want to chance her ‘luck’?
Leap forward now 45 years. The treatment of women, even in tennis, is still the same: there are two standards. A man can be abusive and crude when arguing with the umpire. A woman cannot. It really is as simple as that. You can dress it up (in a tutu, if you want) as something else, but the evidence is available on video if you choose to look.
Even the cartoonists were nasty…
To be physically strong means that one can overpower one’s enemies.
To be emotionally strong means that one can withstand the onslaught.
This battle could last forever. Or at least until the physically strong grow old and tired, and the emotionally strong finally stand up and say “Time’s Up”.
Forever may be closer than we think.