Unsurprisingly, Geno Auriemma, head coach of the Women's University of Connecticut basketball team, was recently ridiculed by feminists for having the audacity to voice a fairly obvious statement about the number of female coaches in women's athletics. (He's a white guy, so his opinion on essentially anything is "problematic" to feminists.) In a surprising twist, it was his own daughter leading the pack, because True Feminism means ridiculing your own father in public over a nothingburger.
On Thursday, the all-time winningest NCAA tournament coach explained that there are fewer female than male coaches in women's sports because women simply choose not to coach, thus highlighting how much opportunity women have now within any career field. Heat Street reports:
"Not as many women want to coach. It’s quite simple.” He pointed out that women today have many more opportunities in other fields where they won’t have to spend a lot of time sitting in a gym and trying to recruit “17-year-old spoiled brats” and where they can have more of a “normal life.”
Clearly, this Feminist Heretic who happens to spend his life empowering and pushing female athletes to incredible heights had to be called out. I mean, he's a white guy, remember? But, no worries, his daughter was on the case!
"DAD. WALK THIS BACK," wrote freelance writer and UConn adjunct professor Ally Auriemma via Twitter.
Ally then explained why her dad's sin was committed in the first place: He's a straight white guy.
"That being said he is speaking from an obvious limited perspective as a white cisgendered man so I am head-desking hard," she wrote.
For good measure, Ally retweeted musician Deborah Grabien, who said that the coach needs to change his "Privilege diaper."
"Time to change your Privilege diaper, you made a verbal poo," wrote Grabien.
And people say feminists aren't clever.
Auriemma's supposed sin against Feminism is a simple truth which has been echoed by many other females coaches before him, as pointed out by Heat Street. Additionally, female coaches have actually acknowledged that the overwhelming desire for men to want to coach women's sports is a product of gender equality. "I’m one that thinks basketball is a place of utopia and fairness," said South Carolina Coach Dawn Staley.
So, how exactly is it not sexist for jumping all over Auriemma and not those past female coaches? Perhaps their "female privilege" plays a role.
Those tricky rules of feminism will get you every time.