I was hoping discussion of young Mr Rice, the good footballer (Note to overseas reader: we are talking here about American football) and of his wife, Mrs Rice, would be gone by now. In fact I can’t escape these “news” while ISIL is happily slaughtering the innocent in Iraq.
So, some time ago, Mr Rice punched his girlfriend in unconscious in a hotel elevator. The event was filmed. High Muckymacks in the the football league who had already punished Mr Rice decided a couple of days ago to award him much stiffer punishment. Basically, they fired him and ended his career, apparently, for good. They explained their committing an act of double jeopardy by alleging that they had never before seen the whole video of the beating. They said it was worse than they thought.
Between the video-taped event and the Muckymacks’ new findings, two important events happened.
First, Mr Rice was taken to court and the court did what it thought should be done. The case was essentially closed.
Second, the victim married Mr Rice. (Yes, read this again.)
Every one seems to have a comment or two or three. Why not me? I have two. I hope they contribute to closing this boring and obscene tabloid episode.
First comment: The video clearly showed the then-girlfriend advancing on Mr Rice when he punched her. I don’t think this justifies anything and certainly not a big strong man beating a small woman. I am just interested in the fact that no one in the media seems to have mentioned this fact which is a plain as daylight in the video.
Why not? My guess, is that it does not fit the narrative, not the narrative of this little story, the general, simplistic narrative of women as always utterly innocent-by-definition victims of male brutality. Great hypocrisy in the media when it comes to sex (not the activity, the category, I mean what the semi-literate P.C. call “gender.”). Just food for thought.
Here is my second comment: For a little while, it was entertaining to hear female experts, quasi-experts, pseudo-experts, and frank non-experts gravely and endlessly discussing the deep, complex psychology of women who, like Mrs Rice, cherish a brutal man. Meanwhile, the male colleagues stay carefully away from the altar of silly feminism where the sacrifice in taking place. They are scared poopless that they may become the next sacrificial sheep. It’s the same as with race. OK. Mssss (is this the plural of Ms?): Time to stop; there is nothing to talk about. Let me give it to you in a capsule.
Mrs Rice decided that she would rather be a rich, occasionally beaten wife than a poor, never beaten wife, or than a poor occasionally beaten wife. It was a rational decision by a grown woman. There are no children involved. The decision makes perfect sense, depending on one’s values. I will bet thousands of women would make the same choice were they given a chance. There is no complex psychology involved, no tortuous theory to appeal to.
Incidentally, I am not defending Mr Rice, the football player. I just think he is normal in his occupational category. I would easily bet that a group of poorly educated young men who are lavishly paid and who are systematically rewarded for acts of (regulated) violence often act like hoodlums. N. S. ! I would bet that the women who develop an interest in such young men know it from the start. As long as the women are over 18 when they get involved, none of it is anybody’s business, to my mind.
As for the football Muckymacks, collectively, they committed a gross act of invasion of privacy by reviving this old story under a very thin pretext ( “I did not know at the time”) that would never hold up in court.
What’s next? Is some corporate entity going to discover, to condemn it in the most forceful terms, the fact that many young women actively like hoodlums? That may have been that bitch Mother Nature’s plan all along anyway. See on this blog my “Why Young Women Are Stupid….” (https://factsmatter.wordpress.com/2009/09/10/why-young-women-are-stupid-if-they-are-a-scientific-inquiry/) It drew 1,200 hits and a single, one (mild) protesting comment.
And next in the line of discovery,perhaps, will be the fur-lined handcuffs carefully put away in the closet wrapped in red tissue paper by your loving and ardent wife? You might even lose your job as a bus driver from the resulting clamor against the oppression of women.
Stop people, stop! What seems merely stupid is sometimes also dangerous to plain liberty.