Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Softball-playing professors

I'm trying to bring myself to care about the sexual orientation, perceived or real, of SCOTUS nominee Elena Kagan.  The kerfuffle does illustrate the barriers placed before powerful women -- that we are allowed to accomplish things only if we simultaneously meet standards of femininity set by male colleagues.  And that regardless of their orientation, butch women (and nelly men) are not taken very seriously by our culture.

But what I really want to talk about is softball.  The Wall Street Journal published a front-page photo of Elena Kagan playing... softball.  Shock!  For a league at the University of Chicago Law School, while a professor. Batting against the pitcher, Dean of Students Richard Badger.  Presumably getting to know the faculty and students better, while enjoying a sport (sixteen inch softball) unique to Chicago.

Really, that's the smear campaign?

Also:  major league batters critique Kagan's batting stance.

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