I came across an article a week or so ago, that mentioned that a school had forfeited the state baseball championship, because the opposing team had a girl in their squad. It goes without saying that we’re talking about the good ol’ US of A here, and the fine state of Arizona in particular.
Just to provide a little bit of background on the case, Mesa Preparatory Academy have one Paige Sultzbach playing as their second baseman (baseperson? basegirl?). She herself says that she took up baseball because the school doesn’t offer softball, and is clearly in the side on merit and quite happy to be there. After all, the team had made the final with her in it.
Their opponents were the Our Lady of Sorrows Academy, described as a “fundamentalist Catholic school” which is run under the auspices of the Society of St. Pius X. Now these are a bunch of fuckheads, who split from the Mother Church out of opposition to the changes that came about as a result of the Second Vatican Council. Yes, these are people who thought that the Vatican wasn’t being repressive enough. Never mind the fact that sending your children to a school named “Our lady of Sorrows” isn’t bad enough, they dictate the following policy:
As a Catholic school we promote the ideal of forming and educating boys and girls separately during the adolescent years especially in physical education. School policy rules out participation in co-ed sports
It’s good to know that a bunch of men, who are not allowed to marry and who come from an illustrious history of child abuse, are so concerned about the well-being of their male and female students. The “forming and educating boys and girls separately” bit worries me. part of me wants to believe that it just refers to single sex classrooms, but given people like Andrew Schlafly – himself a Catholic – who insist on setting different, and easier, exams for his female students, one has to wonder.
However, the school’s middle-ages type beliefs aren’t really the point of this post, disgusting as they are. No, instead I want to wag a finger at Paige’s own school, Mesa Prep. It seems Paige had already sat out the previous two meetings between the schools, because they were on OLoS’s ground and she said she “felt the need to respect their rules.”
Now personally, I feel this is wrong. By respecting their bullshit, sexist rules, you are endorsing them. The school should have stood up to these sexist idiots and told them straight, “This is our team, either you play, or you forfeit.” Not only that, but the Arizona sports commission should come down on Our lady like a ton of bricks. The Charter Athletic Association’s policy clearly states: “If girls are not offered a corresponding sport they are allowed to compete on boys teams.”
The real villain in this, however, has to be Mesa Prep’s headmaster, one Robert Wagner. After the forfeit, he went on record as saying:
You’ve got to admire the stand they take. It takes tremendous moral courage to stand by what it is you believe and they are doing what they think is right.
Excuse me?? Moral courage? What the fuck?! These people are openly sexist and discriminatory against one of his own pupils and he admires their “moral courage”? What a first class moron. He has done Paige and his school and society in general a grave disservice by licking the feet of these medieval morons.
What if OLoS had said they’re not playing, because one of the players is black? Or Latino? Or gay? What would the outrage have been then?
But it’s ok. We admire their “moral courage” to be sexist fucks.
Because it’s just a girl.
In doing some research, I came across a site calling itself “Mesa Preparatory Academy Reviews” which appears to have been set up by parents of children at Mesa Prep. It seems they aren’t too happy with Principal Wagner either. As it says in the intro:
- We are a bunch of Parents from Mesa Prep.
- We are not happy with the way that Mesa Prep is being run.
- Robert Wagner, the headmaster is not thinking of the students as a whole.
- Robert Wagner is making decisions that are not in the best interest of ALL the students.
So… maybe there is more to this than meets the eye.