Maybe because I’ve been reading a lot of about sex differences lately that all this hullabaloo over the president’s golfing (and basketball) buddies has struck me as just that: hullabaloo. No more than a tempest in a teapot.
So what if he golfs and plays basketball only with men? If these outings are just for recreational purposes only, then he’s doing what the better part of his fellow citizens do every weekend.
Have you ever heard feminists get upset when women gather together without men?
It happens all the time and has happened throughout history–and likely through prehistory as well. Numerous anthropological studies show that primates also often gather together in conclaves which exclude the opposite sex.
Some have become so obsessed with gender equality that we alas have often lost sight of human nature.
CREDIT WHERE IT’S DUE: This post was inspired by blogging law professor William A. Jacobson’s post on the same topic where he asks:
Let Obama play hoops and hit the links with the guys. Exactly which high-powered woman is he supposed to set a pick for, box out, or look the other way when she uses the foot wedge? Hillary? Maureen Dowd? Janet Napolitano?
Let’s criticize the president on his policies and not politicize his downtime. We all need time to relax–and should be able to choose our companions when we do.