Football & the gender elephant in the room

Sitting here eating chips and salsa, watching Super Bowl L just for the commercials, it strikes me how this game is so masculine. Still.

All the players are men. All the coaching staff are men. The photographers on the sidelines? Men. The announcers? Men. That goes for most major sports. They are the domain of men.

All of that is kind of odd, given American culture’s disdain for men, for the masculine, for everything the masculine projects. With all the “equality” stuff in our culture, the I-can-sleep-with-anyone-and-don’t-judge-me, the I-can-be-any-gender-I-want-and-y0u-WILL-conform-to-my-fantasy, how oh how have major league sports, like the NFL, escaped?

Why aren’t Millennials boycotting the Super Bowl for not allowing women? Why aren’t Millennial teenage girls, or girls who think they’re boys, demanding the right to try out and MAKE their high school or college football teams? Why aren’t legions of bull dykes marching outside Levi Stadium demanding their “right” be play as defensive tackles? Why are there no female coaches in the NFL? Half of the US population has no part to play, literally play, in major league sports or events like the Super Bowl. Women are not “represented.” They are not being treated equally by “the patriarchal establishment” or whatever wording “the enlightened” are using nowadays.

I’m not saying I’m “pro-” women in major league sports. I don’t follow sports, I was never good at them, they bore me, there’s too much money involved, so it makes no difference to me if women play or not. But it’s peculiar that this industry’s thus far escaped the overarching cultural pressures on men to be less manly. Don’t you think?



Prayer to St Joseph for purity

Found this buried in the “Thanksgiving after Mass” section of my missal. What a prayer for men, all men, but especially those of us suffering from inherently disordered inclinations:

Saint Joseph, Guardian of virgins and father, to whose faithful care Christ Jesus, innocence itself, and Mary, Virgin of virgins, were entrusted, I ask and beg of thee, through these two dearest pledges, Jesus and Mary, preserve me from all defilement, and make it always possible for me unsullied in mind, pure in heart, and chaste in body to give to Jesus and Mary my holiest service. Amen.

Ex-‘Glee’ star Mark Salling accused of child porn possession

December 29, 2015

The Chicago Tribune carries an Associated Press story reporting,

Authorities say former “Glee” star Mark Salling has been arrested in Los Angeles for investigation of possessing child pornography.

Sex abuse offender didn’t disclose social media activity, officials allege

December 22, 2015

The Chicago Tribune reports,

A Woodstock man who pleaded guilty earlier this year to the sexual abuse of a 15-year-old girl was charged with failure to register as a sex offender last week, according to police.

Corion Simpson, 20, registered with the Woodstock Police Department as a sexual predator on Dec. 1, but failed to tell authorities that he used a social media site, a requirement of the registration, police said.

Aurora man charged with sexual assault

December 18, 2015

The Chicago Tribune reports,

Kane County prosecutors have charged a 50-year-old Aurora man with sexually assaulting and abusing four females, at least two of them relatives, between 2005 and the end of 2014.

Martin L. Beyer was in court Thursday for his first formal appearance since his Dec. 11 arrest on 14 counts that include criminal sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual abuse, indecent solicitation of a minor and attempted sex assault and abuse.

Oak Park River Forest HS teacher charged with sexually assaulting juvenile

December 14, 2015

The Chicago Tribune reports,

An English teacher at Oak Park and River Forest High School has been charged with sexual assault of a juvenile and is expected to appear in Cook County bond court Tuesday, authorities said.

Jeremy J. Lind, 41, of the 700 block of North Elmwood Avenue in Oak Park, is charged with three felony counts of criminal sexual assault, Chicago police said in a news release.

Note, this is a super-liberal super-wealthy suburb.

Naperville man free on bond in child pornography case

December 11, 2015

The Chicago Tribune reports,

A man from Naperville’s far south side is free on bond and awaiting trial on child pornography charges.

Bali Zhu, 47, of the 100 block of Rieser Circle, was released Friday from DuPage County Jail in Wheaton, after posting a $5,000 cash bond, according to DuPage County Circuit Court records.

Yorkville man facing child pornography charges

December 8, 2015

The Chicago Tribune reports,

A Yorkville man is facing multiple felony child pornography charges.

According to Attorney General Lisa Madigan, investigators recently served a search warrant on a home in the 500 block of Yellow Stone Lane and arrested Henry Wojewski, 58, of the same address, after officials said child pornography was found.

New Lenox man guilty of sex with girl he coached

December 7, 2015

His daughter was also on the team? And the daughter told the principal after the 15-year-old teammate blabbed to everyone?!

The Daily Southtown reports,

A Will County Circuit Court jury on Monday convicted a New Lenox man of having sex with a 15-year-old member of a girls high school bowling team that he helped coach six years ago.

Edward Cetwinski, 46, was found guilty of two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and one count of aggravated criminal sexual assault.

Ten-year sentence for Elgin man’s guilty plea in sex assault of child

December 4, 2015

The Chicago Tribune reports,

An Elgin man was sentenced to 10 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections following his guilty plea to predatory criminal sexual assault, the Kane County State’s Attorney said.

Pedro Valle-Trujillo, 21, of the 1600 block of Mulberry Avenue, agreed to plead guilty Thursday to the Class X felony in exchange for the 10 year prison term, according to a release.