The New York Post devotes a full spread today to the subject of Softball: Is It For Dykes? Using its slightly upmarket sister publication the Wall Street Journal's decision to put a picture of Supreme Court nominee Elana Kagan with bat in hand on its front page, the Post goes deep, asking whether the sport is a signifier for Sapphic sensibilities. (This, perhaps not unintentionally, also allows the Murdoch organ to blare the words "Elena Kagan" and "she's a lesbian" across the top of the page.) In case you are not convinced, there is actual testimony from South Florida "freelance writer and lifelong softball player" Amy Guthrie, who was the "token straight gal on a gay team" and somehow survived the experience (and who confirms your darkest fears by noting that, "Some say that lesbians and softball go together like peanut butter and jelly.") The lesson we are apparently supposed to take away: Elena Kagan may not be gay, but softball sure is. (But also, Elena Kagan plays softball, so HMMMMM.) Got it!
Thursday, May 13th, 2010