The fall out from the Ray Rice video continues. This week NFL commissioner Roger Goodell sent a memo to all NFL teams announcing that Lisa Friel, Jane Randel and Rita Smith will “help lead and shape the NFL’s policies and programs relating to domestic violence and sexual assault.”
Yes, feminists have now invaded the NFL’s upper echelon of management ready to begin dismantling what was a male sanctuary. Some background of the recent additions to the NFL rooster:
Friel was the head of the Sex Crimes Prosecution Unit in the New York County District Attorney’s Office for more than a decade. Randel is the co-founder of No More, a campaign against domestic violence and sexual assault. Smith is the former executive director of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
Expect lots of public service announcements from players and coaches regarding domestic violence against women (no one cares about domestic violence against men so no need to even mention it), lots of ribbons on uniforms, charity donations, etc…
Goodell has been under heavy criticism for his handling of the domestic abuse case involving star running back Ray Rice.
Terry O’Neill, the president for the National Organization of Women (NOW), issued a statement that the NFL’s hires are “a step in the right direction — but it’s not enough.”
The commissioner announced that Anna Isaacson will be the league’s vice president for social responsibility — a new position — in addition to her current role as the league’s vice president of community affairs and philanthropy.
The new role will oversee education, training and support programs relating to domestic violence, sexual assault and matters of respect.
“Anna has devoted considerable attention to these issues in recent years and has developed strong relationships with both outside organizations and your staffs,” Goodell wrote. “… We will work closely with your community relations, human resources and player engagement teams to implement programs in a way that is effective and beneficial for your own employees, their families and your communities.”
Notice the National Organization of Women’s (NOW) statement that “it’s not enough,” because it is never enough when the demonisation of men is concerned.
As we wrote here before, once Goodell caved in and changed Rice’s punishment from two days to indefinite, he opened up the league to a full on attack and assault by the all powerful feminist lobby.
Goodell showed incredible weakness and the NFL will pay the price…as will Goodell because NOW is just getting started.
O’Neill said that NOW would continue to demand that Goodell resign.
“The fact that Roger Goodell is assigning a current member of his leadership team to oversee new policies shows once again that he just doesn’t get it,” O’Neill wrote in the statement. “… Anything short of him taking full responsibility for what has happened on his watch will be seen for what it is — just a way for him to quiet his critics and get back to business as usual.”
If placing women into the upper management of the NFL was step one, and removing Goodell is step two, take a guess what step three could be?
How about recent “rumors” that Condoleezza Rice is being tapped to replace Goodell, and thus solidify the complete feminisation of the National Football League.
And while this whole setup can easily be construed as yet another feminist power/money grab into the highly profitable men’s space that is the NFL, we feel one reddit commenter flushed out the real reasons behind the entire affair:
It’s not about money, it’s about attacking masculinity.
The commentary out of all these feminist groups has been that “this is a clear sign we need to change the way we raise our boys in this country.” This is barely disguised code for “we need to prevent our young boys from developing masculine identities.” The NFL is a source of macho role models and to feminist groups this is an opportunity to conflate macho football players with wife-beaters and child abusers.
Likewise, this isn’t about domestic violence, it’s about demonizing the NFL and reducing its influence. The message feminist groups are spreading is that domestic violence isn’t a problem that stems from anger issues, it’s a problem that stems from masculinity. And along with that propaganda is the subtle message that because this is so, there shouldn’t be room in the public sphere for a macho, he-man organization like the NFL.
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