I wish I knew the name of the little boy in the green shorts on page 29.
MRS. WILLIAM SIVYER
Sun City, Ariz.
?His name is Jon Guldager.—ED.
I object to the growing tendency in SPORTS ILLUSTRATED to quote uncritically the demeaning, belittling and insulting remarks that some female athletes make about male athletes and men in general.
I thought that Pat Jordan had already reached rock bottom in his blind acceptance of every female's biased remarks in his article on women's athletics at Penn State (Fight, Ladies, fight! March 10). However, he outdid himself in his Mary Jo Peppier profile (Designing Woman, Aug. 4). Miss Peppler's remarks on how male athletes are harming themselves and others by their destructive competitive attitudes while female athletes are in perfect harmony with all that is good in the universe, go completely unchallenged by Jordan. It is interesting to contrast this approach with that in his recent article on Tim Foli (Shortstop with a Short Fuse, June 9), in which Jordan delivers himself of several critical remarks about Foli and even quotes others who are critical of him. This results in a balanced, objective picture, far more likely to be accurate than the super-liberal all-women-are-saints attitude expressed in his women-only writing.
The point is that you would not dare to insult your minority of female readers by quoting without comment a man whose opinion of female athletes was as low as Peppler's of men. Since it is predominantly men who buy SI, it's odd that you feel perfectly free to gratuitously insult them.
I propose that some rethinking be done. Or maybe it's a simple matter of sending Pat Jordan to Ms. magazine or womenSports, where he could be more in accord with the readers.
Mary Jo Peppier espouses the same boring rationalizations of most of today's top women athletes. She talks of gallant women striving toward perfection, seeking only to assist their rivals, and to heck with the score. Her nonsensical proof that men possess none of these virtues is, "They're aggressive."
The search for perfection is synonymous with men's athletics. Has Mary Jo chosen to ignore Jim Thorpe, Jesse Owens, Jim Ryun and the kid down the street who unfailingly sweats his way through grueling two-a-day workouts?
Mary Jo will never admit it, but women are just as aggressive as men.
WILLIAM D. TAYLOR
San Jose, Calif.