As I write this, thousands of Spaniards are smack in the middle of the encierro, the annual running of the bulls in Pamplona.
Apparently some women there are clamoring for their own encierro, but with cows, instead of bulls.
Women demand female Pamplona bull run, with cows
MADRID (Reuters) – Women in the northern Spanish city of Pamplona, world-famous for its ferocious bull-running festival, are demanding their own version complete with cows instead of bulls. Read more
Now, I wont even get into what a completely pathetic, stupid and cruel idea the original event is. That’s a whole other discussion. What strikes me here is the idea of wanting equal time that isn’t really equal. Cows are not bulls. Any rancher will tell you that. Cows are lovely, gentle creatures lacking two critical pairs of features: balls and horns. Sure, you run the risk of getting trampled by a herd of cows, but you could get trampled by a herd of anything scared and moving quickly down a narrow alley. Turkeys, even. But cows and turkeys wont gore your sorry ass. (Or your upper thigh.)
But the request made me think of a larger issue: When it comes to gender equity, I believe we should demand it, and settle for nothing less. But cows are not gender equity.
I don’t believe in setting the bar lower simply because were the fairer sex. Equal means equal. I dont need special considerations. Don’t make allowances for me. If I choose to compete, it will be on a level playing field.
This year was the first year that the female singles winner at Wimbledon was awarded a cash prize equal to the male singles winner. The first year. Its freaking 2007, and this was the first year the pay was equal?
Very soon we will have the strongest opportunity we’ve ever had to decide whether we want a woman to lead our country. Ive maintained for years that we will see all colors and creeds of men in the white house before the people will choose a woman. And that’s in a country with a female majority. I’m just pessimistic that way. I hope I’m proven wrong – though I’m not saying I wish it were with Hilary – I’m not yet convinced that shes necessarily the best choice. I just don’t believe Ill see a woman president in my lifetime and I don’t know how to change that except insist that we stop asking for special consideration. We don’t need it. Were not inferior, weaker, less-than. Were female. And that shouldn’t matter.
Keep your cows, amigos. If I run, I run with balls.