By Melissa Silverstein | Women and Hollywood August 8, 2012 at 10:30AM
I've had very mixed feelings about Geno Auriemma the women's basketball coach at the University of Connecticut. He's bred many wonderful players and now this week he is leading the US Women's Olympic basketball team which is routing its opponents on the way to another gold medal. Personally, I think when one team destroys another team that makes for a very boring game. Maybe that's why I haven't really cared about watching women's basketball much during this past week.
These routs should make it clear to the people who care about women's basketball that they need to figure out how to invest some more funds and time into building better teams to take on the perennials like the US and Australia.
And I just wnat to remind Geno that it wasn't too long ago when there was no women's basketball at the Olympics, so when this male coach of a women's basketball team says in a press conference that there are no feminists on his team I get really pissed off.
His team, Auriemma said, contained “no feminists.” They were not “running around” and “burning bras” and “trying to make the world believe in them.” Auriemma then said he would burn his own bra because it no longer fit.
I am just gonna bet that there are feminists on his team. Probably more than one. I also want to just also give Geno a history lesson and remind him that feminists were the ones who fought for the passage of Title IX which celebrated its 40th anniversary this past June. The law opened up the world of college sports for women (among other things) which in turn enables him to have a job that he gets paid a shit load of money to do.
This guy continues to put his foot in his mouth and it is time for him to shut the hell up. I am beyond disgusted.