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Australian golfer Anna Rawson regrets 'dykes' comment

What is so controversial that golfer Anna Rawson felt a need to apologize? From the Sydney Daily Telegraph-

AUSTRALIAN glamour girl Anna Rawson said she was trying to promote golf in a radio interview in which she referred to past female players as "dykes".

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She came under fire for her poorly chosen comments aired by NOVA 5AA in Adelaide on Wednesday.

"The tour has got so much better with so many young stars and great players,'' Rawson told the radio station in an interview arranged by her father Jim. "But the mentality unfortunately amongst the media and the industry hasn't changed.

"They still think we're at 25 years ago when the tour was full of, you know, a lot of dykes and unattractive females nobody wanted to watch.''

Rawson is talking about how the media perceives players on tour. Why should she come under fire?

The word Dyke isn't considered a slur against a female homosexual. Many lesbians use the word to describe themselves and others.

"I could never be with a woman, because I'm just fascinated by what men can do with their bodies that we can't,'' she said before admitting: "This interview will definitely get me in trouble.''

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"I was making a reference to how I feel society sees women's golf as a whole. I don't believe that. I wouldn't want anyone to think that was my opinion and I am sorry I said that, definitely.

"I was making a reference to how women make seven times less than men on the course and 20-to-25 times less on the sponsorship front. It's amazing how women's golf has grown and we have many great young players out here, yet society and the media haven't really caught onto that.

"That's what I was talking about, I wasn't talking about my opinion at all.''

So she can't ever be a lesbian(I can't either) and she says the usually lazy media can't or won't portray ladies golfers correctly today and the differences in prize money. Was any of this off the mark? No, so why the controversy?

Political correctness run amok. BTW that really is Rawson in the photo above. If you want to see more, I suggest a google images search.


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Comments (12)

If not for the titillation ... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

If not for the titillation at the sight of lesbians holding clubs and whacking balls would anyone watch women's golf?

There's nothing more exciting that seeing Anna Nordqvist turn to her 17-year old female caddy and say in her Swedish accent, "Wash my balls."

I'll forgive her. She takes... (Below threshold)
Paul Hooson:

I'll forgive her. She takes a real nice photo.

I agree with Paul. I forgiv... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

I agree with Paul. I forgive her too.

She should apologize. Not ... (Below threshold)
Matt:

She should apologize. Not for using the term Dyke, but for unjustly maligning past players. I believe she was expressing her opinion of the tour 25 years ago (was she even alive then?), not the media's perception. They might not of been as subjectively attractive as her, but that does not make it okay to malign them.

Love those golf shoes she's... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Love those golf shoes she's wearing! LOL...

She isnt no Martina Navrati... (Below threshold)
914:

She isnt no Martina Navratilova..

JLawson - LOL!Admi... (Below threshold)

JLawson - LOL!

Admittedly the sport of golf has come a long way if female players now wear miniskirts and high heels on the course. Not that change is a bad thing ...

Her stance on why the women... (Below threshold)
Faith+1:

Her stance on why the women golfers don't make as much money is off. It's not because they are female. Male golfers didn't do so hot on the money front until one significant thing happened....Tiger Woods. Purses for male golfers skyrocketed after he hit the scene. The women golfers need their own version of a Tiger Woods to catch the imagination of the public.

She's got a sharp wit and d... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

She's got a sharp wit and drop dead gorgeous looks. Its a plus that she would say "I'm just fascinated by what men can do with their bodies that we can't".
She is what's needed to get more eyeballs on the sport, more of that and ad revenue will skyrocket.

Shes right 100%... (Below threshold)
NYCguy:

Shes right 100%

Well her comment was about ... (Below threshold)
scgolfer:

Well her comment was about the media not being cought up to the tour the dyke comment was not what they are looking at. She attacked the media so they are gonna attack her.No matter if its true or not. Because we all know that it is so so very true about the LPGA image.

She's no Natalie Gulbis. Gu... (Below threshold)
Jon Burrows:

She's no Natalie Gulbis. Gulbis has looks AND brains.




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