Olympics

1920-2099

Stuart Armstrong of Practical Ethics makes an unlikely point based on the disparity between the 1920 100m Olympic record and that set this year by Usain Bolt:

In 1920, prohibition had just been instituted in the USA. Some women were voting for the first time, though most couldn’t (neither could most men, in fact). The British empire was at it’s [sic] height, communism had just triumphed in Russia (the only country in the world to legalise abortion), homosexuality was a crime in most places, GDP was about a 30th of what it is now, life expectancy was 54 in the USA and tuberculosis was incurable.

Even when things seem darkest for cause or country, I try to remember that the world was darker 100 years ago and will probably be brighter in the future. Pessimism is for pre-millenialists.

Also, theology jokes are fun.

Sports Bloggers with a Gender Lens

Ms. Magazine profiles three women who write on the intersection of feminism and athletics. My favorite is Caitlin Constantine, speaking here about the objectifying coverage of female Olympians:

Here you have all of these driven, focused women pursuing their moment of glory, a moment that comes around once every four years, and all anyone can talk about is what they look like! And then, of course, that sparked a reaction in which people criticized the criticism, and meanwhile I’m like “But what about the sports!?”

Women doing extraordinary things advance the cause of feminism more than legislation or activism ever can.