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It's a Sad Day At Augusta National

This is a sad day for Augusta National, for men, and for personal freedom in America. The encroachment of women into "men only" clubs due to pressure from the "politically correct," degrades everyone's freedom of association. Society would like to think the sexes are equal. They are not. The sexes are "hard wired" very differently. The very fact that women can't understand why a man sometimes needs to "get away" from women for short periods of time is evidence of this difference. To deny either sex a safe and private refuge from the omnipresent sexual tension pervasive in all areas of public society is a sad and disturbing degradation of private property rights.

The key word here is "private." Certainly in public places men and women should have equal access. But the right of private citizens to freely associate with other private citizens of their choosing on private property has always been respected, but is now under vicious attack.

The history of Gentlemen's Clubs goes back to 18th century Great Britain. Wikipedia define's them here. Men's clubs have traditionally been sanctuaries for males wanting to associate with other males - "man caves" away from home. A male only club offers two main benefits. First, a club without women frees men from their prehistoric competitive instinct to compete for women, allowing them to relax. Free from this competitive instinct, men can form stronger, deeper friendship's with other men based on mutual trust, honesty, and respect. Second, a club without women frees wives from any concern that husbands frequenting such clubs are spending time with other women.

Until this week, Augusta National, home of "The Masters Golf Tournament," was a shining example of a private mens only golf club. Unfortunately due to public pressure, Augusta forfeited a golden opportunity to use their fame to define and defend, the tradition and the right of gentlemen everywhere to form "mens only" clubs. It's a sad day for men everywhere. Augusta had the resources and the pulpit to make a stand. Instead, they buckled, pandering for advertising dollars. Shame on Augusta National.

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No law was broken during the years of maintenance of the all men's club policy at Augusta National Golf Course, just as no new law is cause for the recent admittance of two women into this so called "boys club, man cave". Reasons for the sudden change of heart at the 80 plus year old organization are as clear as a beautiful Spring Masters opening day at Augusta itself. The fact that you see this as a "sad" turn of events only makes it crystal clear to half of the population of our great nation ( that would be the female half, Blane, in case I lost you back there ) that you are currently living in some rosy spectacled version of yesteryear. It is time to wake up and smell the progress. The men at Augusta have decided that is in their very best interest at this time to share their club with the women they now see as progressive equals in life. The only sadness today is the sad realization that there are still men around who pollute the world with the crybaby mantra of refusal to see women as simply equals.
ps. Spell check a little too progressive for you …… "Agusta" - Really Blane?

Elise Kerr, NYC

August 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterElise Kerr, NYC


Thanks for taking the time to comment. It's nice to know I have readers, even if they don't care for the content.

With regard to the post, I'm not claiming any law was broken, nor am I claiming any new law should be put in place. Our Constitution claims we already have the freedom to associate with whomever we wish. Unfortunately, public opinion feels otherwise.

All I'm trying to say is that it's "sad" that Augusta (thanks for pointing out the misspell), a historic and celebrated club, felt it had to "cave in" to public pressure rather than celebrating it's "men only" status. This is a strong indicator that public opinion is against our Constitutionally guaranteed right to freedom of association.

I also believe that "same sex" clubs have an important place in our society. For example, Curves, the female gym is, I believe, "women only", and I believe there is a good reason for that. Many women feel more comfortable exercising in view of only women. What is wrong with that?

I also feel sad that many men and women don't feel secure enough to admit and "celebrate" their differences. I believe in the future we will look back on our current period of "political correctness" and wonder how we could have been so blind. In our rush toward equal rights between the sexes, we completely lost sight of the "rights" issues and began to mistakenly believe that the sexes are physical and emotional "equal." I don't believe they are. The physical differences are obvious, are they not? The emotional differences are, I believe, as diverse.

The good news is that this is a good thing, in fact a wonderful and beautiful thing. Men and women are not the same, they complement each other. If they were the same, one sex wouldn't be necessary.

Let's face it, the odds are long that either one of us will be ever be admitted to Augusta National (they discriminate for financial reasons as well). Can't we celebrate the principle that, as Americans, our Constitution insures our right to associate freely with whomever we wish?


August 22, 2012 | Registered CommenterBlane Jackson

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