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A breakthrough or a crime?

Let's talk about Condoleezza Rice's just-approved membership at the Augusta National Golf Club, previously a bastion for rich Good Old Boys, and only Boys.

First, here's Dave Zirin's take:
(Golf isn't the issue)

Personally, I was considerably less than whelmed by the club's selection of Rice because I think her previous (and no doubt still existing) access to the highest levels of political power will trump much of the gender bias that no doubt remains embedded in the club. As for the color of her skin, she is the only one who will be able to tell whether that makes a difference in how the other club members will perceive and treat her. I have my doubts that her admission to the club is somehow going to make any prejudice magically evaporate.

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(Photo by Robert Gallagher from Golf Digest magazine)

There are, of course, different takes on Rice the golfer. Here's a profile of Rice from the June 2011 edition Golf Digest magazine. Her thoughts about golf, racism and Augusta National (on page 2 of the interview) make for an interesting juxtaposition with Zirin's article:
(She sees progress)

Another "tell" here, as poker players would say, is the other woman who was admitted to August National along with Rice. Here's the take from Monday's New York Times: "The other new member is Darla Moore, a South Carolina financier and philanthropist who was on the cover of Fortune in 1997 as 'The Toughest Babe in Business."

Rice and Moore both declined interview requests Monday, but the Times quoted Moore as saying, “I am fortunate to have many friends who are members at Augusta National, so to be asked to join them as a member represents a very happy and important occasion in my life. Above all, Augusta National and the Masters tournament have always stood for excellence, and that is what is so important to me. I am extremely grateful for this privilege.”

And the last word in that quotation may be the biggest "tell" of all.


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Aug. 24th, 2012 03:35 pm (UTC)
Besides my (more than likely) obvious opinion on the club only JUST allowing women to join its good ol' ranks, I agree with what you're saying here, PJV.

The women they so graciously allowed in are both privileged, powerful women who do not accurately represent the average member of the female gender.

Again, it appears money and influence are the only tickets you need to get what you want.
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