Harrison Butker deserves scorn from women everywhere | ELAINE HARRIS SPEARMAN

Now is the time for all women who have finally learned that they do have a choice to come to the aid of other women.

Nancy Armour, columnist for USA Today said “Harrison Butker is a religious zealot so, while offensive, what he said in his now-infamous commencement address shouldn’t have been much of a surprise.”

He used his platform as the Kansas City Chiefs placekicker to attack Pride Month, transgender people, the coronavirus and he also advised women to get back in the kitchen. Lord have mercy. He told women that one of the most important roles that they have is “homemaker.”

Elaine Harris Spearman
Elaine Harris Spearman

He further told the women graduating from Benedictine College that they have been fed “diabolical lies” and then went on “to suggest that their one true purpose was to be broodmares.” He spoke of “male primacy and women knowing their place.”

Even the nuns who founded Benedictine College chimed in. “One of our concerns was the assertion that being a homemaker is the highest calling for a woman.”

The sisters of Mount St. Scholastica issued a statement about their dedication of their lives to God and God’s people, and the many women that they have taught and influenced during the last 160 years. “These women have made a tremendous difference in the world ... through their God-given gifts in leadership, scholarship, and their careers.”

The masculinity that Butker champions has led to women being on the receiving end of violent, aggressive behavior. He urged the male graduates to “fight against the cultural emasculation of men.” What is that? Was Sean “Puffy” Combs exhibiting masculinity in overpowering a small female, kicking and dragging her and taking her bag as she lay on the ground?

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Was Donald John Trump showing masculinity when he sexually assaulted a prominent female writer or when he made a disgusting comment about what rich men can do to women? What about disparaging comments regarding the young woman whom he was found guilty of having an illicit liaison with, and later paid to cover it up with a comment to his “fixer,” about how much do we pay for this one?

People like Butker generally run for public office. They appear to intensely believe that their opinion and their view of society is what should be accepted and imposed upon society as a whole. Men like him are why women could not have credit cards in their own names until 1974. The wage gap is still prevalent between men and women.

With all sincerity, I do say that there are women who ignore, or side with those who throw shade on other women and their personal goals and achievements. They do not deserve a pass, they should be called out and given the same criticism as their male counterparts.

The Kansas City Chiefs' quarterback defended Butker’s character. Patrick Mahomes says he doesn’t necessarily agree with the kicker’s comments, instead he defended his character and freedom to express his opinion.

Poor Patrick Mahomes, great quarterback trying to keep peace in the locker room. Chiefs' coach Andy Reid doesn’t fare much better. He gave no recognition to the harmful content of the misogynistic “free speech” comments of Butker.

Women have got to get real and come to grips with men in the sport world who believe that they should transition into public office. Wrong. Look around. Men from the sports world who make the leap make the worst public officials from my perspective. Look at previous senatorial candidates, coaches, and players who sought or were elected to office at the local, state and federal level. Every sports candidate is not a Nick Saban.

Who do you believe is at fault that a woman’s right to vote did not come about until 1920? The right was fundamentally there, but women had to take to the streets and fight hard for the opportunity to exercise what was already theirs.

Men like Butker have spent a great part of their lives in testosterone-driven locker rooms. Men like Butker are ever-present in the everyday lives of women. Many of these women not only desire a career other than broodmare and housemaid, but some serve as breadwinners for families where the male is exploring his life options.

Women deserve to pursue their chosen livelihood, not the one that men relegate them to.

Men of Butker’s ilk, if given the opportunity, would reverse any progress that American women have made.

Gold Star father Khizr Khan, author of “This is Our Constitution,” 2017, states “imagine for nearly 150 years the women in this great democracy did not have the right to vote! Women in many other countries had won that fundamental right much earlier.”

Elaine Harris Spearman, Esq., a Gadsden native, is an attorney and is the retired legal advisor to the comptroller of the City of St. Louis. The views expressed are her own. 

This article originally appeared on The Gadsden Times: Chiefs' placekicker should stick to sports | ELAINE HARRIS SPEARMAN

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