Ben Peek (benpeek) wrote,
Ben Peek

Women's Boxing

In the last couple of days I've been hearing stories about women's boxing become recognised in the Olympic Games. When I first heard of it, I thought, that's cool: another small step in equality. Sweet. I didn't think there would be anything beyond that to say about the matter.

It's been strange, to say the least, to see the interviews with prominent male figures (a boxer, the Australian Prime Minister) who have expressed their dislike in the decision because women boxing is 'unlady' like. I saw Kevin Rudd tonight further reinforce the idea that he's no different from any previous leader by saying, "I guess I'm old fashioned," about the subject, and having a touch of pride in his voice when he said it. It was if he was saying, I'm old fashioned. I know what I like my women doing. I like them at home. With children. With bare feet. Thank you. I know you do too. Please vote again. Well, perhaps all that was just my cynicism, but I was still surprised to hear anyone objecting on the decision to allow female boxing into the Olympics based on whether or not they thought grown adults should be doing it.

Perhaps the world isn't as progressive as I had begun to believe it to be. The other night I saw piece on the youth group that is championing the sanctity of marriage and good Christian morales, but who apparently didn't have enough sense not to call their organisation Rise. I thought it fairly impressive that the small end piece in the SBS news made it a whole five minutes without someone asking, "So, really, for a group campaigning against sex in advertising, did you really think the name through?" but I was also curious as to why they were giving these people any air space. There's really no place in the world for people who want to take the rights away from other people, or to deny someone else simple, basic recognition based off the fact that you disagree with their partner choice--and I wondered why people who were like that were getting air time. I've half convinced myself that the people involved in SBS broadcasting are becoming more and more conservative, given the space they gave on air to the organisation who were saying that global warming was, in fact, a huge conspiracy put forward by scientists who wanted juicy grant money and politicians who wanted to control us all.

I don't know. Some days, I like to think society is moving forward, aiming for the day when we can clone ourselves in our kitchen, but most days, it feels like I should be looking at how much it'll cost to rent a cave and take up telling stories on the walls within.

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