Cowgirl answers your questions
Women coaching men, fantasy addicts, tattoos, more
Posted: Wednesday April 18, 2007 11:16AM; Updated: Wednesday April 18, 2007 11:16AM
Pat Summit just won yet another title at Tennessee. Do you think we'll ever see the day when a woman coaches a men's team? -- Sarah, Knoxville, Tenn.
I never say never. Men have been coaching women's sports for years, and it's only been recently that female coaches are finally getting the recognition and respect that they deserve.
If a woman proves herself a more than capable leader, I see no reason why she couldn't coach a men's sports team. In fact, women are already coaching men in some high school sports. Still, it's up to employers to keep an open mind and accept these women for their face value as experienced coaches, and not merely view them as the supposed "weaker" sex. Women are just as capable of not only coaching, but teaching, mentoring, and above all -- recruiting -- as men. It's not to say that women won't face plenty of adversity in the hiring and evaluation process (usually done by a male), let alone the public's reaction. They will. I think ultimately it will take a strong, aggressive and compassionate female to break down the barrier between men and women's coaching. If there was ever a woman for the job, I'm sure her name would be Pat Summit.
My girlfriend recently got a tattoo without telling me. And I hate it. I really think I may break up with her over this. We've been going out for 8 months. Am I crazy? Don't you think I have a right to be really pissed off? -- Sean, Lakeland, Fla.
Why do women insist on branding themselves? I just don't get it. I have never been fond of the ideal of "permanentness." I change my mind about what to wear at least three times before I leave the house, so picking some form of artwork to permanently grace my body, well, it's a life altering decision. But to each their own. If your girlfriend decided to get a tattoo on her body, well, that's her prerogative. Sure, she could have probably asked for your thoughts on the subject, but unless there is a ring on her finger, what authority do you really have in the matter? If I were you I'd just remind her that while that little Tweety Bird she's got on her back may be hot now, it might not be so cool when she's 80 and looks like she's a fan of Big Bird on Sesame Street. But, hey, at least she'll be popular with the grandkids.
I've heard you talk about college football and college basketball, but I don't think you've ever mentioned college baseball. Do you follow it? Do you watch the 'Noles baseball team at all? -- Keith, Austin, Texas
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