I defer you to Blondie's blog, where you will read a letter from a man who makes me so angry I do not have words.
I then refer you to an email he wrote Emily in response to her anger at his words. I just don't know how to deal with a person who thinks this way.
Thank you for your reply. Sorry for any offense my letter may have caused you, but it does represent my true feelings in this matter.
Do I think women should play rugby? No.
Do I think women have a right to play rugby? Yes.
Having said this, perhaps now you may be willing to understand where I'm coming from.
Rugby Magazine's adoption of women's rugby is a relatively recent occurrence. It was only in the mid or late 80's that the periodical took on women's coverage, and there was an immediate percentage of readers like myself who did not care for this. I don't know if you are aware of this, but there are certain things that men like to do in the company of men alone. Sports have always been a venue for this primal need to 'rough-house' it away from the women folk. For me, in my life, being a rugby player has always been a sacred testament to things masculine...and so...women's rugby is a affront to what I hold most dear about the game. Does this mean women have no right to play it? Of course not. But does your right to play it mean I don't have a right ignore it? Again, of course not.
I would be very pleased if I could completely ignore the entire phenomenon of women's rugby. This however is hard to do when your once favorite periodical is devoting ever increasing coverage. My appeal to Mr. Haggarty was not for the abolition of women's rugby, but rather to create, if possible a separate periodical devoted entirely to the women's game, and keep such coverage out of the current product. Then perhaps everybody is happy. You've got your own magazine, and no longer have to put up with the ranting of traditionalists like me. Me and my ilk will be happy for the obvious reasons. The more liberal minded can get a subscription to both.
Do you think separate rugby magazines would be a bad thing?
Eric L. Seiler