- The Washington Times - Friday, August 18, 2000

The boys are playing softball in Kalamazoo, Mich., and the girls are whining that it is not fair.

Contrary to the gender-neutered view of feminists, the boys are physically superior to the girls.

This is not sexist.

This is biology.

Boys have a tendency to be larger, stronger, faster and quicker than girls, if only because of the ample doses of testosterone circulating through their bodies.

It is impolite to note the elementary advantages of testosterone, except perhaps on a football field and in back-alley laboratories that cater to Olympic-caliber athletes, male and female alike.

Testosterone also is the fuel behind many of the despicable acts of rage and aggression that fill the airwaves and newspapers.

Games are a healthy outlet, especially for the young, as long as the health of the participants is not put in jeopardy, which is one of the concerns before parents and officials at the Little League Softball World Series in Kalamazoo.

A team from Arizona with five 16-year-old boys is said to pose a certain danger to opponents. It seems a 16-year-old boy sliding into a 16-year-old girl at home plate is an unnecessary blow for equality.

"We're trying for equality for these girls, and this is not equal," one parent says.

Equality has become a code word in the age of political correctness, meaning whatever you want it to mean.

Sometimes it means to sit down and shut up, particularly if you wore a protective cup during your ballplaying days.

Girls play baseball, too.

That barrier was knocked down in 1984, with the first girl to play in the Little League Baseball World Series.

Hold the 16-year-old cheers.

The boys, eternally slow learners, are now stealing the previously all-girl softball show.

Even Elvis, who is said to be working at a Burger King in Kalamazoo, is being shoved aside by the commotion.

The tournament director, a man, is outraged by the intrusion. He is vowing to fight this unintended twist on equality, although legally, the solution appears to be out of the reach of a Johnnie Cochran Jr. rhyme.

The courts, no doubt guided by the tenets of equality, opportunity and fairness, ruled against Little League Baseball's gender-specific hardball and softball competitions in 1974.

The exceptions, the occasionally exceptional girl able to compete with the boys in baseball, benefit from the ruling. But exceptions do not make a good rule, at least not when you have the prospect of the average 16-year-old boy barreling down on the average 16-year-old girl at home plate.

Look out, catcher.

Equality can hurt.

That bit of action is possibly the least of it, given all the potential action at Arizona softball team's postgame get-togethers.

Talk about thorough bed checks.

One of the Arizona boys says, "We were all brought up to believe that an athlete's an athlete."

That material seemingly has been lifted from the ivory-tower handbook, which concedes only minor anatomical differences between boys and girls and men and women. The rest is socialization, mostly male-induced contrivances intended to keep females down and unfulfilled.

The cry of equality has become a hammer of sorts, and the cry often obscures the obvious and eliminates reason. The cry usually cuts the other way, of course, as women in sports seek increases in respect, pay and media coverage while celebrating the economic folly of Title IX.

The five softball-playing boys in Kalamazoo are the perverse end of equality. They should not be playing against girls, mostly because their presence mocks the essence of sport, which is competition on a level playing field.

Their participation proves nothing, except, by virtue of their gender, they enjoy unmistakable physical advantages over girls.

The parents and tournament officials in Kalamazoo are having to accept this aspect of equality.

Understandably, they don't like it much.

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