The Outrage Culture is alive and well. Geno Auriemma -- the second greatest coach in women’s basketball history, after Pat Summit -- was asked why the number of female coaches is declining. The response of Auriemma, who has coached the University of Connecticut’s Lady Huskies since 1985, made libs go nuts:
“There’s a reason why there’s not as many opportunities for women. Not as many women want to coach. It’s quite simple.”
Why did it upset liberals? Did Auriemma speak out of ignorance? No, he said something that made total sense, but it went against the feminist narrative of female victimization. Here are the stats, according to Heat Street:
It currently stands at about 40 percent, down from about 90 percent in 1972 when Title IX, the federal law prohibiting sex discrimination in college athletics, was enacted. (Of course, the number of women’s programs was far smaller at the time.) In basketball, the figures are better: 58 percent of Division I teams are coached by women. But that’s down from 63 percent 10 years ago.
His daughter, Ally, criticized her dad on Twitter, which is not advisable if you want Easter lunch to go well. Nonetheless, she spoke out against her dad:
Wow. With family like that, who needs enemies? But the outrage wasn't limited to his immediate family:
In her Washington Post column on the controversy, [Sally] Jenkins laments that, like many other well-intentioned men, Geno Auriemma is “blindered” by the belief that women’s lack of progress is due to of their own choices. To Jenkins, the “simple” answer is that “88 percent of NCAA Division I athletic directors, the people doing the hiring, are white men”—and while other factors such as work-family conflicts may be implicated, unconscious sexist biases are the main thing holding women back. For instance, she claims, female coaches are given less latitude to bounce back from career setbacks, while male coaches who get fired tend to be promptly “recycled” into other programs.
But the example Jenkins and others cite as evidence of this disparity may actually support Geno Auriemma’s point. According to Jenkins, Melanie Balcomb, fired from the women’s basketball program at Vanderbilt last year after 14 successful years as a head coach, “was unemployed for three months, until Dawn Staley at South Carolina rescued her by creating a job for her as an ‘analytics consultant.’” Yet it turns out that the reason Balcomb did not continue as a coach was, actually, that she didn’t want to coach at that point in her life. Jenkins admits that Balcomb “has two children under the age of 6, which made her hesitate to apply for another head-coaching job because of the moving and travel demands.” (Also, Balcomb’s prospects before her “rescue” by Staley may not have been as dreary as Jenkins implies: An Associated Press report on her move to South Carolina says she got offers to join programs as a consultant “almost as soon as she lost her job.”)
Of course, that doesn't play well with feminists who want to perpetually be victimized. Coach, good luck dealing with the hysteria of political correctness... as well as Easter lunch with your family as well.
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