I’m up to my eyeballs in evaluation reports and IEPs at work, so I couldn’t make it to my high schooler’s basketball game today against their arch rival, the next little town over. She seemed jovial when she walked through the door this evening, so I said, “Oh, did you win your game?”
She didn’t answer but instead announced plaintively, “Mom, did you know that most refs are legally blind? It’s a true fact.”
I nearly fell over laughing.
They’d lost by only a few points.
I’m guessing those same blind refs would have been lauded for their 20/20 acuity had the Win/Loss been reversed. We always feel like we are the victims of turrible turrible injustice when things don’t go the way we want them to; it’s not that we got outplayed by our betters, heavens no!
Feminists might bear this fact in mind when complaining about the lack of female CEOs and women in tech. Consider that maybe it wasn’t that the refs were blind but rather that the other team was just better than you were.