Take a moment and think about your favorite athlete or sports team. Was the athlete or team that came to mind male? Most likely, and that’s by no fault of your own; women’s sports do not receive nearly as much media attention or recognition in our society as men’s do and that’s a result of the idea that women are inferior in sporting capabilities and their long history of restriction from sports due to the fact that some doctors believed it would somehow damage their reproductive organs. Yeah, right. Read More
We’ve all heard the story a million times, and if you are watching TV during the Olympics you are bound to see a few Visa or Coca Cola commercials telling the story again. The story of when the United States beat the Soviet Union in the 1980 winter Olympics at Lake Placid. Its by far one of the most inspirational sports stories in American history, and the story is retold in the 2004 movie “Miracle” which was shown at one of this semester’s themed events in November (side note: I had no idea who John Bacon was but everyone should look him up he’s honestly so cool). While watching the movie, I couldn’t help but think about how it related to when we learned about A. Bartlett Giamatti’s idea about spectators and sports. Read More
If you’ve seen the countless commercials, endless news broadcasts, or been handed a flyer about voting in the diag, you should know that today, November 4th, is the day for midterm elections in America. As millions of people took to the poles today to vote for their senators and Governors, they chose people who best represented their personal views, and those who they believe will benefit and promote their interests. Once the majority elects these people, they will work to serve their constituents with the principles on which they were elected. The midterm elections are perfect examples, in my opinion, of the social contracts of Thomas Hobbes and John Locke that we have learned about over the past week.
When Suzy, an officer in the US Army, came to talk with the class about gender inequality within the military and the various trials and tribulations she faced while being a soldier who is female in the US Army (not a female soldier), an entity that is predominately male, I sympathized with her on various levels. While I cannot imagine the isolation and humility she must have endured or the strenuous measures she took to assimilate into posts (applying Old Spice deodorant and wearing a wedding ring to give the impression that she was “taken”), I can understand how it feels to be made to feel like an outsider, like someone who is less worthy or unable to perform the task, simply because I am a woman.
In our Political Theory lecture last Thursday we learned about the concept of “Dirty Hands,” or in other words, doing something ethically problematic to achieve something ethically praiseworthy. As I sat in discussion the following day, I tried to run a few people through my mind that followed this concept, and I started to think back to when I learned about Abraham Lincoln in my AP US history class with Gary Mangan (not the biggest Lincoln fan). I then realized, that despite the praise and admiration we give to Lincoln, which in my opinion he does indeed deserve, as it turns out, he had some very “dirty hands.”
You’re sitting in the Big House, you don’t just hear the 100,000 plus people around you, you feel them; their energy, their excitement, their anger, the vibrations of their pounding fists and clapping hands during “Hail to the Victors.” This is game day; this is the day when you, your fellow students, alumni, and people who simply love Michigan football come together to collectively experience, cheer, boo, and, at times, cry together. As we watch our talented players run, jump, score, and lose (which is happening more than we might like to as of late) we are all united and collectively experiencing every emotion together. Together we win and together we lose. We are, temporarily, removed from reality and seeking something greater.