Boys club

It seems that Obama has been taking some heat lately for the fact that his White House basketball games don't include women.  A-ha, he's a sexist!!  Salon's Tracy Clarke-Flory has the right take on this, I think:


There is a tremendous difference between doing business at a topless
bar and organizing a pickup game with co-workers, though. And, as a
woman who has always tried to play ball, literally and figuratively,
with the boys, I couldn't help rolling my eyes at the critique of
Obama's supposedly sexist sporting habits. As a feminist, I find it
embarrassing, frankly. I'm all for political and workplace parity, but
surely the president should be allowed to bond with his colleagues in a
number of different ways, right? We don't really want to require that
he only hold official events with 50-50 sexual representation, do we?
Or that he form a knitting circle, or some other stereotypically
female-friendly club, as a means of connecting with congresswomen?

is, if there's a dominant male culture in the White House it's more
reasonably blamed on the gender divide that is already deeply
entrenched in politics. Changing that isn't an issue of holding a
basketball game with both male and female Congress members (although,
hey, that would be great); it's an issue of balancing power in
Washington and, to his credit, Obama has selected more women for his
Cabinet than any other president. Clearly, there's still plenty more
work to be done and I'm holding out hope the president's performance on
that front will be as impressive as his jump shot. In the meantime, I
sincerely hope he takes up Kathleen Sebelius on her one-on-one

What she said.

Can you be indecently exposed in your own home?

Apparently, the story of a Springfield, VA (my hometown!) man so charged gained "international attention" last week, but missed my attention till 5 minutes ago:

The way Eric Williamson tells it, he might have been making coffee or
flipping eggs or taking a picture down from the wall when a woman and
her 7-year-old son walked by his Springfield house and saw him, through
the window, naked. 

He says he never saw them and never knew they'd seen him — until the police showed up.

In a case that gained international attention last week, hitting a
nerve for anyone who has ever dashed from the bedroom to the laundry
room in the buff, Williamson was charged with indecent exposure.

There are conflicting accounts of what happened Monday morning, but
everyone agrees on this: The 29-year-old was naked and home alone, and
he could face up to a year in jail.

I actually know the neighborhood where it happened– I had lots of friends right around there.  Anyway, in addition to being a matter of he said, she said, there's quite a number of interesting legal issues at stake.  The crux:

Washington area lawyers say the case, like others before it, will
probably boil down to a crucial question: Did Williamson intend to be
seen? Virginia law defines indecent exposure as the intentionally
obscene display of private parts in a public place or "any place where
others are present."

Today, the Post hosted an interesting chat with an attorney to really bore into the legal issues.   Now, that I think about it, I better be a little more careful when I dash through the house looking for some clean boxers.  Or better, yet, just yell for Kim to go find me some.

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