Clifford, Hillary & Our Emotional Selves

It’s election season in these United States of America, so
you know that means that every Tom, Dick and Harry feels compelled to share
their thoughts on politics, the state of the country and the potential
candidates.  Sometimes we get to hear
from thoughtful, well-informed individuals and sometimes…sometimes we get to
hear from Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr., a.k.a. T.I.  Mr. Harris is a well-known rapper,
businessman, criminal and family man, but I guess at no point along his journey
to becoming any of those things did he learn about feminism, misogyny or the
general and proven ability of women to run the world.  He couldn’t have because when asked his
thoughts on former First Lady of the United States of America, former Senator,
former Secretary of State, and current Democratic candidate for President,
Hillary Clinton, he gave the world this gem:

“Not to be sexist [read: to be very sexist] but, I can’t vote
for the leader of the free world to be a woman…Just because, every other
position that exists, I think a woman could do well. But the President? It’s
kinda like, I just know that women make rash decisions emotionally – they make
very permanent, cemented decisions – and then later, it’s kind of like it didn’t
happen, or they didn’t mean for it to happen. And I sure would hate to just set
off a nuke. [Other leaders] will not be able to negotiate the right kinds of
foreign policy; the world ain’t ready yet. I think you might be able to the
Loch Ness Monster elected before you could [get a woman].”*

Shaking my head.
There’s just so much that can be said, but in the interest of space and
your time I’ll just say a few things.  First,
it really doesn’t matter who he would vote for because I’m pretty sure his
felonious record prevents him from walking into a voting office and casting a
ballot for anyone.  Second, I have to
attack this idea that emotions are bad.
To be clear, an emotion is a “natural instinctive state of mind deriving
from one’s circumstances, mood, or relationships with others.” It’s true, Google
says so.  So everyone has emotions and
these emotions are natural.  Emotions
have variety and can be the catalyst for good and bad things.  Disappointment can make people work
harder.  Joy can encourage people to put
a smile on someone else’s face.  Anger
can cause people to fight.  We have to
remove this negative connotation from the word emotional because not all
emotions are bad and not all emotions bring about nuclear catastrophes, Mr.
Harris. Third, I just have to address this nonsensical belief that women are
somehow more emotional than men.  Maybe
women show their emotions differently, but that doesn’t mean we’re some
unreasonably emotional beings.  In fact,
I would venture to suggest that it has been over emotional men who have wreaked
significant and devastating havoc on our world, not women.  To date, men drunk off of the emotions of
hate, greed, vengeance and anger have caused world wars; enslaved, murdered and
raped millions; ruined the environment; caused world markets to fail; and
stripped people of their culture.  I
could go on, but at this point is should be clear that Mr. Harris and other men
worried about emotional women probably need to check their own emotional
selves.

Now you know this is a sports blog, so I can’t close this
thing out without talking about sports and the fabulous, emotionally healthy
women who play them.  In honor of
misogynist everywhere, here are some emotional athletes and the great things
they’ve accomplished, in spite of or because of their emotions. En-joy.  

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Here’s Missy Franklin crying like a little baby after she
demolished world class swimmers in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.  Yup, cried her way to a gold medal.

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Here’s Serena Williams shouting her way through a second
round match of the 2015 French Open.  I
guess all that frustration that she released sent her right to another Grand
Slam trophy.

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Maybe Ronda Rousey needs to tone down the anger here.  Maybe not…she’s channeled that emotion all
the way to an illustrious career as an undefeated, 4th degree black
belt MMA fighter.

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Somebody probably should’ve told Veronica Campbell Brown to
get up.  All that thankfulness and gratefulness
is over-the-top.  She only won a gold
medal in the 2008 Summer Olympic Games.
Geesh.

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Lydia Ko’s looking pretty ecstatic.  I guess that’s what happens when you win the
Evian Championship and become the youngest female to win a major, and the
youngest person to win a major in 147 years.
No big deal.

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Poor Marta, despite being the greatest female footballer of
all time and 5 Time FIFA Player of the Year; she was heartbroken in Brazil’s
loss to Australia in this year’s World Cup.
Shouldn’t that woman just be grateful for all she’s already
accomplished?

*Not surprisingly, after so many called Mr. Harris out for
his boneheaded comments he tried to cha-cha slide his way into a lame twitter
apology.  I’m not buying it for one
second, but you can read it here.

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