Posted by TJH @ 5:09 pm on August 8th 2015

Women’s Sports

The problem of girl-sports crystalized for me five years ago while watching the NBA playoffs, thanks to their own propaganda. During the commercials, the “W”NBA weighed in. “Basketball is basketball” was the meme.

“Yeah, but… y’all can’t play basketball,” I thought to myself.

On the face of it, a pretty ridiculous meme. As if, whether watching junior highers or professionals, it is just “basketball” in any case.

Let’s call the bluff on the WNBA. Any Div. II college boys’ team could cream the best women’s professional team. Nay: any state in the union could assemble a team of high school boys that, after a couple weeks practice, could cream any WNBA team. And no real woman would find that fact insulting in the slightest.

It makes no more sense to have a women’s basketball league than it would to have a league for men shorter than five foot ten. Less sense in fact. A height-segregated league actually would make some sense, by analogy to the weight-segregation in boxing. But this is different, since the underlying significance of the segregation criterion is officially denied at the same moment it is utilized. You’re supposed to just take the fact that there are separate male and female leagues as a fact of nature, not to be thought about or questioned, any more than having separate bathrooms would be.

But the whole business of female sports is based on a simple lie. There is no rule against a girl joining an NCAA basketball team, an NBA team, or a fifa world class soccer team. The media call these teams the “men’s teams” in distinction from the “women’s teams,” but this is simply a lie. An arrant lie. Women are allowed to try out for the real teams, incorrectly called “men’s” by the press, TV, and wikipedia. But men are not allowed to try out for the women’s teams.

Women even have their own chess leagues — a “sport” where presumably upper body strength plays no role.

Feminists celebrate the triumph of women’s this, women’s that, but reality impinges. All these exclusive leagues prove women’s inferiority — at the things men excel at. You can’t fool all the people all the time. The WNBA is the proof that feminism is doomed, and the “women’s world cup” is further proof. It is just waiting for the little boy to shout out that the emperor is naked; or, for some judges to be shot; whichever comes first. No one except a few sophomore sociology majors believe the propaganda: it is too obvious.

It is unhealthy for society to root for women’s sports, because it is worse than amazonian. The image of men cheering the women who trot out to do battle for our side is an exact inversion of the primal. Woman as warrior going forth to battle. Since it is women vs. women, what are they “defending” symbolically? their men and children. So the primal imagery is exactly reversed. The men become doubly worthless — cheering their womenfolk into battle (which implies it is a good thing, and eggs them on even more) while their own ever-widening arse is firmly planted in a chair.

The tissue of lies is even thicker than that. Here’s the real irony. Just because girls are out playing soccer, slapping each others’ butts, and whooping it up does not mean la différence has actually been broken down. The manner of appropriation of sport is still fundamentally different.

To understand why, consider by way of analogy the difference between children playing and children playing to be seen by grownups. I have witnessed this again and again. There are some children playing alone amongst themselves on a playground. Then the parents show up and start gawking and commenting. Instantly, the whole dynamic changes. It is no longer, “slide down the slide for the thrill of it.” It is now, “slide down the slide while Dad watches me slide down the slide, cheers me on, and interjects a comment.” “Dad, watch me do it this way.” And the mode of “this way” is simply different than when it is done for the sheer pleasure of the slide.

This observation led to my proof that females do not regard sports the same way as males and never will. Let it be that girls are now populating soccer leagues, softball, basketball, whatever, in the same numbers as boys. Nevertheless, here is my claim: you will never, ever, in a million years find a bunch of girls that have rustled up a soccer game amongst themselves, with no adult prodding, in a sandlot completely hidden from the gaze of the world.

Whereas just that is the glory of the boy.

In other words, girls are not playing soccer, they are playing a game called being seen playing soccer.

I think if girls were not encouraged in a completely artificial way to participate, there would be no organized girl sports to speak of. The number one artificial stimulant is undoubtedly the deluded fathers. She’s doing it for daddy. Second, there is all the hoopla, the coaches, and the fans, all which fans a girl’s natural temptation to narcissism. It is more than just narcissism, however. It is also the feminine self-sacrifice for the collective. Let her think, “we really need you to win this one for us,” and she will sacrificially go out and try to do just that. That is the tragedy of all those pent-up, earnest faces. Chesterton made a similar point about working women.

I would observe here in parenthesis that much of the recent official trouble about women has arisen from the fact that they transfer to things of doubt and reason that sacred stubbornness only proper to the primary things which a woman was set to guard. One’s own children, one’s own altar, ought to be a matter of principle—or if you like, a matter of prejudice. On the other hand, who wrote Junius’s Letters ought not to be a principle or a prejudice, it ought to be a matter of free and almost indifferent inquiry. But take an energetic modern girl secretary to a league to show that George III wrote Junius, and in three months she will believe it, too, out of mere loyalty to her employers. Modern women defend their office with all the fierceness of domesticity. They fight for desk and typewriter as for hearth and home, and develop a sort of wolfish wifehood on behalf of the invisible head of the firm. That is why they do office work so well; and that is why they ought not to do it.  (G. K. Chesterton, What’s Wrong with the World, part 3, sect. iii.)

Women’s tennis is the most successful girl-sport at the professional level, but I am quite sure it is watched more on account of the cute little outfits and the cute little soprano outbursts than for the high-level play. If it were high-level play, they would be playing against the guys.

Posted by TJH @ 4:51 pm on July 26th 2015

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Posted by TJH @ 11:27 pm on January 1st 2015

A holiday observation by Jonathan Edwards

New Year’s Day is kind of like a collective birthday — the common passing of another year. In Jonathan Edward’s day and place, Election Day was one of the festive days of the year. In George Marsden’s biography is found this choice quote from 1725.

Thus our elections are times of pleasure and rejoicing; and what an influence has it on the mind of the youth all over the Colony, to think this time is by general agreement made a time of mirth. How uneasy are they if they are alone and not in company, and han’t opportunity to be merry as well as others; how extraordinarily unnatural and unpleasant does serious business and solitude seem at such a time, which would seem pleasant at another time; and how does it promote mirth, to think that the whole country are then merry. This abundantly convinces me of the rational foundation of sabbaths, and holy days of fasts and thanksgivings. (page 105)

I am struck by the phenomenology of solitude-against-a-backdrop. In the context of an ordinary day, life holed up in a dusty library seems like heaven to many of us. But doing so while knowing that the whole nation is dressed up, chatting gayly, playing games, singing, feasting, and dancing, is unbearable — though it would seem pleasant at another time.

The social nexus is foundational. If one were the sole survival of a nuclear wipeout, would making music on the empty town square, or attaining scholarship in vacant libraries, still bring any pleasure? Clearly not.

The holiday is a representation of this reality, i.e. a vivid re-presenting of a reality that is latent at all times.

Solitude is pleasurable when the context is the possibility of its negation.

Posted by TJH @ 9:53 am on October 29th 2014

Doug Green and Westminster Seminary

The forced retirement of OT professor Doug Green at Westminster Theological Seminary (WTS) should not require months and months of agonizing. I was reminded about this while reading the endless series of articles on arcane matters of hermeneutics at the Green Baggins site. See, for example, the seven consecutive articles starting with this one and going backwards in time. Though disguised under academic-sounding titles, it is obvious that the meta-narrative is to show why Green & Enns can’t teach at WTS. But if it comes down to such subtle and nuanced positioning, we are in trouble.

The reason Green & Enns are unacceptable as teachers at a confessional school can be stated very simply: on their hermeneutic, you could never deduce the Confession their school gathers around.  There it is, in one sentence.

I made this point six years ago in connection with the Enns affair. The point still holds.

It is not enough to “affirm the Confession.” If it turned out that someone wholeheartedly affirmed the Confession because one day fairies whispered in his ear that it was true, that would be worse than denying the Confession honestly.

We need people that affirm the Confession just because it is taught by the Word of God. And this cannot be done from the hermeneutic taught by Enns and Green.

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The World Chess Championship

is happening right now in India.

It is of great interest — 22-year-old Norwegian Magnus Carlsen, having the highest rating in history, challenging Anand for the title.

Unfortunately, you will have to get up at around 5 or 6 AM (east coast) or even earlier (further west) to watch it live.

It can be done at chess.com, which hosts GM-level running commentary as the games are being played.

I am not good enough at chess to even understand, unaided, why champion-level players move what they do. But with the expert commentary, I can understand a lot. It really opens up what the game is like at the high level, and makes it very exciting. Try it out. Schedule is below

 

Chess schedule

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