Colorado. Runner. Yogi. Fucking hilarious, like, 17% of the time.

mistresses schmistresses

I don't want to leap onto the gigantic pile of people who are judging Tiger Woods. I have no idea what happened. It does sound like he committed some pretty serious breaches of fidelity, and if that's true and if fidelity is something that he and his wife expected from each other then I think he did wrong, but there are quite a few 'ifs' involved there. The other if, which has either been disproved or just sort of forgotten about, is if Elin did in fact hit Tiger the night he crashed his car. He apparently told someone who was not related to law enforcement that the scratches on his face were from her because she 'thought' he was cheating on her, and that he crashed the car because she was hitting it with a golf club and that distracted him. Again, I have no idea if this is true, but I certainly would believe it possible, because a revelation like that would drive a lot of people to rage.

The fact that she may have hit him was widely publicized, and as I mentioned, has just sort of fallen from the headlines. Is it because we don't believe she did it? Because after all we've allegedly learned we think that if she did she was justified? Because women hitting men just isn't a big deal? I'm not the first to point this out, but consider if the situation had been reversed. A man chasing a woman down the driveway wielding a golf club - he would be in some serious shit right now. If the woman in that scenario were having affairs, we might be more inclined to excuse it because of her clearly damaged and frightening husband. If she's abusive overall and not just because of what she found out, does that excuse Tiger's behavior?

Then consider this. The woman pictured above, Elizabeth Lambert, was called a harridan and a girl gone wild and Radar Online said that she displayed "some of the most violent behavior we've ever seen on any level of sports".


Watch even the first thirty seconds of this video and tell me that Elizabeth Lambert is even in the top ten most violent soccer players ever.

I'm not really going anywhere with this, I'm just trying to understand. What is it that makes Elin Woods' supposed violence something to be swept under the rug and Elizabeth Lambert's something to be publicly derided? We like our women to be violent only in self defense, whereas men can be violent for the sake of sports? I don't know. Ideas?

Also, I got into roller derby!!! I could not be more excited - but how does the violence question apply to derby? We get a pass... why?

Mildly related: Slate and Jezebel talk about calling Tiger's hookups 'mistresses'.

didn't even need therapy to rehabilitate my smile