We are 47 days out from the election. That’s right, 47.
It seems like it should be tomorrow, doesn’t it? The soul-crushing reality that there are still more weeks upon weeks of campaigning and political advertisements hit me with the force of a Grand Piano falling from the Empire State Building.
That splat sound you hear might just be a welcoming thing.
Ok, that’s out of my system. Now stick with me to the end of this post. It isn’t long…but it is important.
Are you easily offended? Do you have a low tolerance for gross topics? Do you live in your own bubble, completely sheltered from the world, and you don’t want any intrusions? If so, then you might want to skip this one.
I warned you recently that I’d be back. Well, I read a news article last night that I just can’t avoid commenting on (thanks a lot Katie for showing that to me). But, before continuing with this post, I’ll put the disclaimer out there one more time. Of course I won’t always be venturing into these waters, but I’m diving right in for this one.
Meh. Gonna do it anyway.
In case you haven’t heard, the University of Tennessee is currently facing a Title IX lawsuit.
→→→→→Before I continue, I need to take a moment and give a disclaimer that the subject matter of this post is mature.←←←←←
Numerous women are alleging that the university has created a negative culture, a culture which not only allows bad male athlete behavior, but also protects those athletes. The lawsuit also alleges that the University of Tennessee has been deliberately indifferent in these sexual assault cases.
In response to the lawsuit, 16 head coaches from Tennessee called their own press conference Tuesday afternoon to defend the university and its culture.
Watching video of the conference and reading news recaps left me in a state of absolute bewilderment. I don’t know if it’s because I have a daughter now and, as a result, issues like this strike an even deeper chord within me, or if it’s because I endured abuse as a child (physical and verbal, not sexual though), or if it’s simply because I am a decent human being. Whatever the case, let’s just say many of the speakers/coaches came off as mind-numbingly ignorant.
Here are 5 takeaways from 10 of the more asinine things actually said by the Tennessee head coaches during the conference.