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“Borking” Augusta


The New Yorker, of all places, questions Martha Burk’s crusade against Augusta, in its issue coming out tomorrow, in a piece by Peter Boyer. An excerpt:

At one point, I asked her to help me to understand the benefit to society that would result from a woman joining Augusta National. She responded with what has been, throughout her campaign, her case-closing line: “You wouldn’t ask me what was the benefit to society if we were talking about excluding people on race.”

No, but this wasn¹t race. I wondered, “Can there exist such a thing as a benign exclusion of one gender or the other in a private social setting?”

Her answer surprised me. “I myself have what I call the ‘girls’ dinner,’” she said. “Just some of the women in the women’s movement, and we get together for dinner. Women in Congress do it, too.”

The difference, she explained, has to do with the conditioned behavior of men and women. “Here’s the difference. And it’s interesting that you should ask this, and it¹s just now come to me, pretty clearly. It is because, when men get together, denigrating women is often a part of the social interaction. When women get together, denigrating men is rarely done. It’s just not even on the radar screen. Even among the so-called strident feminists of the women’s movement. We don’t have anything to hide in that way, and men seem to.”