Flow­ers

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - NEWS - Chris­tine Flow­ers is an at­tor­ney and Delaware County res­i­dent. Her col­umn ap­pears ev­ery Sun­day. Email her at cflow­ers1961@gmail.com.

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

Wim­ble­don.

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.

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