Well, if there is one thing I do frequently with this blog, it is write about women’s college basketball 🙂
Of course, I have never touched this subject in this blog.
But something about UConn Women’s basketball was pulling in the back of my mind as I was doing some art.
In case you are unaware, UConn Women’s basketball is at the TOP of the game. They are on an unprecedented run of success, success to the point that one sports reporter questioned whether they are “killing women’s game”- they are THAT DOMINATE.
Of course, sports, or should I say sports played by males, have a VERY LONG history of heaping applause and accolades on those who may be considered dominate in their respective sport at one time or another- Michael Jordan comes to mind and of course, so does Tiger Woods.
I seem to remember everyone thanking Tiger for all that he had done for the game of golf when he was winning tournament after tournament.
So, what is it about women that has us thinking something quite differently?
I really don’t know.
Women can be great, but do they have to be great in “just the right way”? Are women tied to some Goldilocks version of greatness? Not too big, not too small, but “just right”.
What worries me profoundly is the message (that still exists in this time in history!) to women
“Be good, but do NOT be too great.”
Be good enough to win, but not too good that you annihilate other opponents (even if the opponents are other women).
Being great, if you are a woman, only puts a target on your back.
Women who are performing at a great level are still seen as failing on a larger level by some. Greatness by a women implies she is a threat – she is “killing the game”. Greatness by a man is celebrated.
Be like Mike? Hmmmmm… that seems to be celebrating someone’s dominance to me (and Mike, being male, obviously did “greatness” in the right (male-approved) manner).
Be like Mike? I don’t think so.
Be like UConn. Just be great.