A few years back, Violet Palmer refereed an NBA playoff game, and there were bubbling discussions of women refereeing in the NCAA men's tournament. Candace Parker won a dunk contest. She also dunked two times on Army. Sports writers felt they needed to say something about these things. Being sports writers, they said stupid things. Here's Stephen Moore, President of the Club for Growth, writing in National Review:
This year they allowed a woman ref a men's NCAA game. Liberals celebrate this breakthrough as a triumph for gender equity. The NCAA has been touting this as example of how progressive they are. I see it as an obscenity. Is there no area in life where men can take vacation from women? What's next? Women invited to bachelor parties? Women in combat? (Oh yeah, they've done that already.)
Ah, yes. "What's next?" It is the universal signal for: here comes a blatant slippery slope argument. Oh, and women already come to bachelor parties. I don't know what kind of bachelor parties Moore goes to, but they don't sound any fun. The fact that women are in combat has less to do with progressive agendas and more to do with the fact that war is unpredictable. If you read the whole article, it gets weird. Moore keeps coming back to what a babe Bonnie Bernstein is and how she needs to do interviews in halter tops. Stephen Moore, that's creepy, dude. You need a good editor and a cold shower. So, what's next? Stephen Moore makes proclamations that are sexist, stalker-creepy, and ignorant of the facts? He also brings his prodigous critical skills to bear on financial policy at NRO (bonus points for spotting the line-drawing form of false dilemmas in that one).
In similar fashion, ESPN's Jason Whitlock writes about Candace Parker's dunking, and sees the distinction between the men's and women's games fading. Now, … wait for it … here … it … comes:
What's next? First women's hooper to cover her entire body in prison tattoos? WNBA players investigated for running up huge tabs in the champagne room of the Gold Club? Sue Bird strangles her coach at practice? Lisa Leslie attacks beer-tossing empty seat, sparks nasty melee between players and bored arena ushers?
Ach! What's next? What's next! No, that's not what's next. Now, Whitlock has a point in the article, namely, that celebrating Parker's weak dunking, we're actually patronizing her game and belittling women's basketball. That's a good point, but he doesn't need to make it with this sort of slippery slope argument. In fact, in doing that, he's done the same thing.