Girls just wanna have fun...but can they?
March 03, 2010
I smell a double-standard here of Olympic proportions.
This morning I hear that the International Olympic Committee is going to investigate a celebration by the Canadian Women's Hockey team after they beat out the U.S. for the gold Thursday night.
What did they do? Punch out their opponents? Bash a competitor in the knee? Rob a bank? No. They partied a little bit. That's it, that's all. No one was hurt, nothing was destroyed, there was no bullying or bad behavior—unless, that is, you're a woman.
We all know that girls just wanna have fun (when the working day is done), but if it's a certain kind of fun it's, well, suspect. That there's even any buzz about it in this particular case is outrageous.
People, Canada invented the game of hockey. Ask any Canadian—man, woman or child—about any facet of the sport and they'll recite past and present anecdotes as easily as a devoted monk chants ancient scripture. And they'll do it raptly and with equal fervor.
So what's the big deal about a bunch of young women—really fine, top-notch athletes—going back out onto their home ice after the arena emptied to guzzle a little beer and champagne and inhale the thrill of victory while puffing on a stogey?
Apparently a lot. Gilbert Felli, executive director of the IOC, told the Associated Press that the little celebration was "not what we want to see."
"I don't think it's a good promotion of sport values," Felli said to the AP reporter. "If they celebrate in the changing room, that's one thing, but not in public. We will investigate what happened."
Hmmmm. Mr. Felli may need a lesson in what is and is not a "good promotion of sport values."
Let's see. A male figure skater can question the judges' capabilities and publicly dis the guy who beat him out fair and square and no one questions the seemingly opposite of what most would consider a "good promotion of sport values."
But let's do the sensible thing here and go after these female hockey playing hoodlams for their outrageous victory celebration. Not only did these gals tip a few and puff down like men, they had the ...uhm... gall to do it on the ice with their hard won gold medals dangling from their necks! We all know they should have been in the locker room, like, uh, painting their nails and, like, shaving their legs and doing their hair. How dare they celebrate on their home ice in an empty arena and have fun doing it! They should have been down on their knees quietly mouthing a prayer of thanks for all their blessings!
"We understand that some people may have felt that their behavior was over-exuberant," the AP quotes IOC Spokesman Mark Adams as saying.
Some people? Who? Could it be some men on the International Olympic Committee? After all, Steve Keough, spokesman for the Canadian Olympic Committee, had this to say to the AP reporter.
"In terms of the actual celebration, it's not exactly something uncommon in Canada. I think Canadians understand it's quite an emotional moment for our team. It was not our intention to go against any IOC protocols."
By the time this comes out the incident will, of course, be old news. But so is the subject matter. Unfortunately when women display certain traits that are unquestioned when our male counterparts do, it becomes a big deal.
I realize that smoking and drinking are not in any coach's playbook when it comes to excelling in any sport, but c'mon now! Does anyone think for one moment that these women got to where they are—that is the TOP SPOT on the Olympic podium—by guzzling alcohol and lighting up? Could it be that they were celebrating in the fashion that has become a widely accepted cultural norm? For men that is.
Yes. Once again it's time to put a stop to such outrageous behavior by the 'fairer sex.' Girly celebrations should be relegated to tea parties and church fellowship halls. And places they can rush out and fetch the guys a cold one.
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Catherine Minolli is Managing Editor of the Tri-City Times. She began as a freelance writer with the Times in 1994. She enjoys the country life, including raising ducks and chickens.