WAS WRIGHT WRONGED? NOTHING NEW, BUT THE MEDIA CAN'T RESIST
Published May 18, 1995
In the current issue of SI, "Scorecard" offers its take on the comments attributed to CBS golf analyst Ben Wright concerning lesbianism hurting the LPGA Tour. "Scorecard": "Once again, five years after Shoal Creek and several weeks before the publication of 'The Unplayable Lie," Marcia Chambers' book documenting sexism in the world of golf, the specter of an alien presence has impinged on a sport in which power rests overwhelmingly with straight, white males. And every time the alien tees up, it's fascinating to watch golf squirm. ... Meanwhile, no one on the tour used the incident to step forward and say what should have been said: There are gays among us. Deal with it." SI does credit the CBS broadcast for avoiding the "usual patronizing comments" regarding women golfers (SI, 5/22 issue). LPGA STAR CHIMES IN: LPGA Hall of Famer Patty Sheehan denies that lesbianism is an issue. In an interview with the BOSTON HERALD: "We don't get the respect and TV exposure because we are women athletes, and it has nothing to do with lesbianism. It's because we are women, and there are some segments who don't want us to get the same exposure or make the same money as men" (BOSTON HERALD, 5/17). WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT: Denouncing homophobia in women's sports, Women's Sports Foundation Exec Dir Donna Lopiano has announced that the group will launch an educational program focusing on the issue at its Annual Summit in Dallas this weekend. A panel discussion, "Homophobia: The Red Scare in Women's Sports," will explore the ways women are discouraged from participating in sports. The Foundation has also prepared a list of "Words to Watch" for treating men and women alike in sports reporting (Women's Sports Foundation).