…and I’m not talking about that skin, either.
One of the nicest things about the game of golf is that it’s a gentle one — no bodies crashing against each other, no feats of strength, no slam-dunks or soaring home runs: just quiet, delicate and deliberate movements.
Which also applies to the subtle art of gamesmanship. No in-your-face screaming “Bring It On!”, chest-thumping or trying to put your opponent off his shot; just quiet, subtle digs designed to get inside his head to make him change his game, to his disadvantage or your advantage.
I remember once mis-hitting a drive which just managed to stay on the fairway, but only went for about 150 yards — whereupon my opponent asked disingenuously: “Does your husband also play golf?” implying, of course, that I hit like a girl.
And before anyone thinks that this kind of remark is in any way demeaning to women — it isn’t, because the fact of the matter is that women can’t hit the ball as far as a man can, which is why all golf courses have a “Ladies Tee” in each hole, usually many yards closer to the fairway and green than those used by men.
So when Tiger Woods (47) surreptitiously handed his opponent Justin Thomas (29) a tampon after his drive had traveled further than the younger man’s, everyone knew exactly what he was doing: teasing Thomas, and playing a little gamesmanship.
Did I say everyone? Perish the thought. Of course, Feministicals International went berserk, calling Woods a misogynist and his actions “demeaning” and “disrespectful” to Womyns Everywhere. FFS, here’s some rancid cow’s take:
She then queried if he was implying ‘periods are embarrassing or shameful or a sign of weakness?’
No he didn’t do that, dumbass. He was teasing his buddy, and nothing more. It’s a golfing tradition which goes back probably over a hundred years. Oh gawd, I can hear the cries now: “Well, it’s a tradition that has no place in today’s game!”
Fuck you, Sheila. If you want us to take you seriously, stop getting so upset by something so unimportant.
Stop acting like a little girl, in other words, and grow some skin.
So these humorless fucks — girlymen and womyns alike — are going to try to take Tiger down (again) for being such a pig.
Fortunately, there’s one woman with a bit of commonsense: Paige Spirinac, who uttered the immortal words:
‘If anyone tries to cancel Tiger over this, we riot!’
…adding the priceless (and true) comment:
For that down-to-earth attitude, young Paige gets more than just a mention:
Clearly, she understands the situation and has the perfect response:
‘Instead of women being outraged by Tiger and the tampon, I would love for them to actually provide ideas to help,’ she tweeted. ‘ For example I would have [Tampax] team up with the PGA tour to run a campaign where they provide free feminine products at golf courses. Most don’t actually have them and during long rounds it can be a problem for us.’
Turning outrage into marketing — now that’s a Real Woman’s response.