We’re on the final day of the world’s premier snooker tournament, and it’s looking like the result may be close. A legend of the game, Steve ‘Interesting’ Davies, has become the focus of whine merchants, as the Guardian reports:
Do whiners never take a day off? So what are they objecting to now? Davis said the following to the BBC World Service’s Sports Hour:
“The male of the species has got a single-minded, obsessional type of brain that I don’t think so many females have.”
He added that women lacked “that single-minded determination in something that must be said is a complete waste of time – trying to put snooker balls into pockets with a pointed stick”.
Anyone with an IQ above that of a fruit fly will recognise that Davis is being self-deprecating and inferring an obvious point with some humour – women aren’t prepared to put in the punishing hours necessary to be successful in professional snooker, even when the potential rewards are so high. It’s reminiscent of Dr Catherine Hakim’s Preference Theory (2000) in which she showed that while four in seven British men are ‘work-centred’, just one in seven British women is. Of course women make a virtue of a lack of work ethic, saying they’re looking for an ‘improved’ work/life balance, and that men who work hard at their careers – and overtake women along the way – are guilty of ‘presenteeism’.
The Guardian article reports:
Lady Grey-Thompson said Steve Davis’s comments were a shame and that a lack of opportunity and encouragement were to blame for the absence of women in snooker.
A lack of opportunity? Why, damn those patriarchs who won’t allow women to play snooker. A lack of encouragement? Give me strength. Why do women always have to be encouraged into male-typical sports and jobs? Taxpayers are funding an army of otherwise unemployable women to do the ‘encouraging’. Maybe… here’s a crazy thought… far fewer women than men want to play snooker, become engineers… in short…
THERE IS NO PROBLEM!!!