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Who are these Neanderthals?

Updated on April 8, 2012
Virginia Rometty, CEO of IBM
Virginia Rometty, CEO of IBM

I actually read the Sunday Paper this morning

I’ve been so busy in my bed and breakfast and finishing up a final edit of my memoir, I haven’t read the Sunday paper in weeks…no, make that months. So I deliberately sat down this Easter morning, on a beautiful sunny day in April to relax with a cup of coffee by my side and do a slow read of the entire paper.

I read the Feature section, then a special section on the Kentucky Wildcats who just won a National Basketball championship, then the front page. Next, I reached for the Forum section. After scanning an article on the Titanic, I scrolled (sorry, I usually read the paper on-line) I mean, I moved to an article at the bottom of the page titled Augusta bogeys gender issue . Next to the text was a photo of Virginia Rometty, who was just promoted to CEO of IBM. At first glance, this made me very happy, as I am a champion of women and their many workplace issues.

However, my delight was only a passing flicker from the candle of hope for future equality of the “weaker sex“… and is now a fleeting memory. It seems Ms Rometty has revived the debate over the Augusta National Golf Club’s all-male membership. What? What debate? Last time that came up was ten years ago. I’d assumed that had all been changed…erased…forgotten. How stupid of me? Wait a minute…we’re going backwards now?


Don't blame Phil,  Louie,  or Bubba
Don't blame Phil, Louie, or Bubba

Who are these Neanderthals? And where have they hidden their clubs? Well, the answer to that may be: on the back nine of the Augusta National Golf Club, where the Master’s golf tournament has been in progress all week and concludes today.

The most ironic part of this whole issue is IBM is one of the few sponsors of the Masters. Whoa... what a dilemma. But, don't worry... they solved it in record time:

“…unless hell freezes over or the men of Augusta do the unthinkable and actually change their minds, Ginny doesn’t get in and it has everything to do with her gender.” (remark from Virginia’s old boss).

The fact that “…she’s a brilliant businesswoman whose performance and charisma have propelled her to the top of IBM…” (Pam Platt, Courier-Journal, Louisville) doesn’t seem to make any difference.

Oh wow, I thought I would feel better after that rant…but, honestly I don’t.

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      Laura Sauer 5 years ago

      Ooh, that's infuriating! Interesting, I was just talking with my husband about how much I can't stand the inequality still facing women.

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      Nancy Hinchliff 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      Laura, It seems it's going to take a long long time for it to be gone, if it ever will be. Thanks for commenting.

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      Grace Marguerite Williams 5 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

      The $%#$@! nerve. Some men(atavistically medieval) contend that they have hegemony over women but they are so sadly mistaken. Women are equal to men. Sadly, these Neolithic men fail to realize that!

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      mio cid 5 years ago from Uruguay

      change in many aspects of life seem to take place the same way a chicken cooks in the oven from the outside inand it may seem to be done on the outside but that's only the surface , the inside is not ready. many of the prejudices in our society seem to have been overcome on the surface but if you scratch it it rears it's ugly head.

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Owning land in far Southwestern Texas, it's a major and nearly uncontestable 'given'. My George was my champion - but that I needed one. . . .

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      Nancy Hinchliff 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      @gmwilliams They probably realize it...but are afraid to admit it.

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      Nancy Hinchliff 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      @mio cid Very well put. Thank you for such an insightful comment.

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      Nancy Hinchliff 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      @Nellieanna, Yes, I think most of us know about Texan men...not every single one of them, of course. My daught and her S.O. live there. And he's pretty cool.

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      No, certainly not all Texan men, but in the area where the ranch is, it's almost the rule.

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      Nancy Hinchliff 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      Wow! Hope you're not living there now....I mean on the ranch.

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you, Nancy. No, that would be extremely unwise for many reasons. I live 500 miles away, in fact. But it is my sole responsibility and the distance is no advantage! I'm working to secure management assistance at present, though; male, but not local to the area! Efforts to work out arrangements locally have proven unwise.

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      SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I am still annoyed by the subtle jokes some men tell about how their wives are moody, but never mind I have seen these same men throw fits when something does not go that way. I even read a Facebook status where some guy talked about how he wants the future woman in his life to be submissive to his needs, and this was written by a guy who claims to be modern, liberal, and all that. Actually, I have been reading a lot of odd gender humor lately that I have not appreciated, and it always seems geared towards implying women are weaker, moodier, or something to that effect.

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      Nancy Hinchliff 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      I don't know what it is, but this thing keeps rearing its ugly head.

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      Deborah Neyens 5 years ago from Iowa

      At cnn.com they always have a little poll near the bottom of the page to which I sometimes respond, just to see what the other responses are. A couple weeks ago they had one about whether women should be allowed to join Augusta. Of course, I clicked yes. What surprised me was the yeses were just barely edging out the nos by an incredibly close margin, when I thought for sure the yeses would be running away with it. Who are these people??

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      Nancy Hinchliff 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      Thanks, Deborah, for your comment...and support of a very important issue.

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      ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      hi alekhouse...

      To be honest, I don't follow golf and would, typically speaking, have had no knowledge of this. That being said...this is clearly not a "golf" issue. Sadly, the 'war on women' is continuing.

      Thanks for putting a light on another front in that war!

      Thomas

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      Martie Coetser 5 years ago from South Africa

      I can't believe FOUR men unfollowed you because of this 'rant' of yours. Now what kind of men were they, I wonder. Do we really need them in our lives?

      Let them just fly to Mars....

      Poor souls!

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      Joanna McKenna 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      The thing is, male babies aren't BORN with these insane attitudes about women. They have to learn them from an already-infected male authority figure. Perhaps boy babies should be required to be raised in an all-female environment for the first 5 (or 50?) years of their lives. Just sayin... ;D

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      Nancy Hinchliff 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      @thoughtsandwiches: Thanks for the comments. Glad you were further enlightened.

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      Nancy Hinchliff 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      @Martiecoetser: Thanks for the support. And the comment.

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      Nancy Hinchliff 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      @JamaGenee: I love your suggestion about the first 5 (or 50) years of a young man's life. Fortunately, for some, it wouldn't be a necessity.

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      Joanna McKenna 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Yes, I've known a few for whom my suggestion wouldn't be necessary, and they were a joy to be around and/or work with!

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      must65gt 5 years ago

      The article you posted has many interesting points, I do not condone any chauvinist actions period. Life is filled with amazing people male and female. with fantastic individuals of every race and creed.

      However the Augusta Golf club was created by men, with expectations of above board behavior and standards in what at the time was considered a "Gentlemen's game. The men who were "INVITED" into organizations similar to that around the country were men that respected women and treated them with honor. If a member of a "Gentleman's club" was witnessed mistreating women or children, they were called on the carpet and held accountable for their actions, and quite often were stripped of their membership.

      Your article took the other side of the fence. You were looking sat it like a public organization open to the public and paid for by municipal funds. This same point of view fought to breach girls into the boy scouts, another all male organization. But did any men try to gain membership in the girl scouts? Do men try to force their way into women's garden clubs, sewing groups or coffee circles.

      Sexes need time away from each other, Today young men are not taught to respect women and treat them the way a Gentleman should. Women have fought so hard to gain independence and equal rights, that they have now achieved it to the fullest.

      Interestingly enough many of the women that want independence and equality would still enjoy having the door held open for them and being "treated" to a night on the town. So where do we draw the line. it seams its a vague and opaque one that we as men are to follow and are held to standards difficult for all men to follow. But fear not....equality has removed many frivolous and stupid customs like "ladies first", or bowing and removing the hat in a ladies presence. Men no longer have to worry about shoes and shirts when with a lady. Equality does have its merits...But if it is all the same to you...I will continue to behave the way I was brought up.

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      Nancy Hinchliff 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      @must65gt: You make a lot of valid and interesting points to which I am totally sympathetic. I am so glad that a man finally opened up and expressed his opinion here in a forthright and intelligent manner.

      And, BTW, it's perfectly fine with me if you "...continue to behave the way [you were] brought up."

      Thanks again for commenting.

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      must6t5gt 5 years ago

      lol...I'm from the south, something should never change.

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      Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Hi, Alek - funny, when I saw the title of this one, I thought it was about actual Neanderthals, who fascinate the heck out of me. Now I am picturing Neanderthals playing golf. Ha,ha. With so many real problems facing us today, I would be angry that a woman of such substance was taking on such a stupid little issue.

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      Nancy Hinchliff 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      Don't know if she's taking it on, or the media made a big deal out of it. Anyhow, somebody did LOL.

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      John Sarkis 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Hi Alekhouse, long time to see...

      Excellent hub and you're so right about inequality.

      Take care - voted up

      John

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      Nancy Hinchliff 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      Thanks, John. Yeah, I haven't been around much. I'm still wading through that ever-confusing submission process with my memoir. It's taking up so much of my time. And, we're getting pretty busy at the BnB. Just got over the Kentucky Derby week-end!

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