Thursday, October 10, 2002

FIELD REPORT FROM THE WAR BETWEEN THE SEXES: Eric McErlain brings us the strange case of Jenny Suh, who won the Virginia AAA high school boys' golf tournament despite a.) being a girl; b.) playing by girls' rules in a boys' tournament, and c.) despite the existence of a statewide girls' tournament the very next week. Goofy.

I mean, this is the first time for the girls' tournament, but still: why was she allowed to play by different rules and then be proclaimed winner over a bunch of people who played by other rules? Is there, like, some scientific algorithm by which we can decide--leaving physical strength out of the question, which is the obvious female disadvantage--that this kid is more skilled than the rest of the kids in the tournament? Some sort of equation where you could divide golf by gender to get skill. And, of course, there isn't. And this is silly.

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