It’s gratifying to see so many sports writers and other male commentators decrying the culture of corruption that big-time men’s college sports breeds. Really it is. However, feminists have pointed out for decades that football teams are dangerous to women and that women get raped and their rapes covered up and denied by these same teams and their all-male, extraordinarily well-compensated leadership.
But, I guess that’s what women are for: rape. Regardless, I’m truly grateful that so many people are eager to take a courageous stand against the rape of little boys. I just wish they were equally vigilant about the rape of teenaged and adult women.
Once again, feminists will get zero credit for having raised these issues repeatedly about big-time college sports, but this is nothing new. My students in the History of Sexuality class that I’m co-teaching now recently wrote an essay analyzing Sarah Grimke’s mid-1850s essay “Marriage.” I’m sure even most right-wing conservatives today would agree with Grimke’s analysis of marriage and her definition of a good, satisfying, and (her words) “holy” union. Marriage has changed because of feminist critiques of it–but feminists get zero credit for anything we do, ever. We’re always too shrill, ugly, stupid, angry, militant, racist, bourgeois, and godless to take seriously, don’t you know.
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