want to share the debate stage with state Sen. Daylin Leach. She used the excuse that she was a victim of rape to essentially demand that Leach, who’d been accused of inappropriate behavior, be disinvited from the public forum. Instead of being strong
enough to confront him, she channeled her victim status effectively. Leach’s invitation was withdrawn.
I see a common thread in what happened with Muth, and what will continue to happen with Williams as she pursues her crusade for gender equity. There has always existed the type of person who is expert at using her perceived victimization as a tool to victimize others.
The #Metoo movement is just the most obvious and recent manifestation of this toxic tradition of winning by whining.
It’s obvious that Serena Williams is the greatest female tennis player of the modern era, and quite possibly the greatest tennis player of all time. Facts don’t lie: 72 career singles titles and 39 Grand Slam titles, including seven at
Interestingly, this would suggest that the patriarchy has not kept her out of the champion’s circle.
But perhaps it’s not equality of opportunity that Serena is demanding. Perhaps the greatest female tennis player of the modern era wants the ability to be as rude, arrogant, graceless and narcissistic as male players. She wants, in essence,
not to raise the bar for women, but to pull it down into a gender-neutral ditch.
After she lost the match, people supported her by saying that if she were a man, she wouldn’t have gotten the code violations. Look at Jimmy Connors, they said. Look at John McEnroe, they cried. Of course no one mentioned Arthur Ashe, a man of infinite grace, because that
doesn’t advance the “bad men, poor women” narrative.
In a way, though, Serena did empower at least one woman this weekend: Naomi Osaka.