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Subpar…


After reading the prompt, one glaring incident of sexism stands out from high school.  I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area where it is not uncommon to see two men kissing on the street and a black lady holding hands with an Asian man.  Tourists and out-of-towners definitely take note, but for residents, it is normal.  San Francisco is notoriously liberal in its views on social policies and therefore, most people who live in the area are liberal thinkers particularly on social issues.  This is why the incident of sexism stands out to me.  I believe sexism is still a pertinent issue in the Bay Area where other issues facing the nation seem to make huge progress.

I just picked up the game of golf last year, but many of my friends in high school were on the mens’ and womens’ golf teams.  I attended public high school and my government teacher was the coach for both teams.  While we were discussing the womens rights movement, he told us why the boys and girls teams have different home courses.  Both teams play at courses in the same town, but the boys’ course is within walking distance of our school while the girls’ course takes about 15 minutes to drive to.  The boys’ course, (Hillsborough country club…no website only phone number) is situated in a quiet, residential area while the girls’ course (Crystal Springs) is next to a freeway and at high altitude where the weather is much more windy and foggy.  My teacher (the coach) asked the Hillsborough club to allow the girls team to practice and play at their course.  The response he got from the club was, “If you want the boys’ team to continue playing here, you won’t ask that question again”.

My class was shocked at this statement that came from members of our community.  Nothing happened after this incident.  The boys still play at Hillsborough and the girls play at Crystal Springs.  I wonder why my teacher (who is male) didn’t make a statement and stick up for the girls by switching the boys to Crystal Springs.  Was he wrong for accepting the answer he received from Hillsborough?  Would a female coach have acted differently in this situation? Or would a female coaching the boys’ team even be allowed at Hillsborough?

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  1. Lauren, you raise some interesting questions at the end of your post. I am interested to hear; however, what the man’s justification was to not allow the girls’ team to play at Hillsborough? Did he even provide one? Are women allowed to play there at all? There is definitely something weird about the game of golf. The Augusta National club is one that amazes me. How are they STILL not accepting women? This is golf we are talking about, not the Elks club. Check out info about Augusta here:
    http://articles.businessinsider.com/2011-04-07/news/29978319_1_augusta-national-tradition-business-insider
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1375718/Augusta-National-apologises-female-reporter-barred-Masters-locker-room.html

    Posted by JOEY MARTIN | February 28, 2012, 11:35 pm

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