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Just A Thought 8-14
Sexism thrives at tractor pulls
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I love truck and tractor pulls. There you go, a little insider information for the people who don’t know me well enough.
Viola will hold its Rumble in the Valley on Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. I love this event. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children 6-12, and free for 5 years and under. It’s an event sanctioned by Middle Tennessee Pullers Association, which means some impressive trucks and tractors will be there. Let’s all pray that it doesn’t rain – sorry farmers, but give us this one weekend.
There's nothing better than a tractor pull. It’s so much fun. A full-pull makes my night. I’ll be one of those spectators jumping to my feet. It’s awesome. My daughter loves them, too. My son does not.
I have to tell you this story. We had a new sports guy at the Standard (I won’t out him because he might not like it) and there was going to be a tractor pull in Viola. I told him I would be going and if he wanted me to, I could take pictures and get a list of winners.
He said, “Thank you. Make sure you get pictures of the mud flying.”
I shook my head and said, “You’re welcome. I’m going to ignore the fact you are a sports guy but you don’t know the difference between a tractor pull and a mud bog.”
It was amazingly sad. The one sport I like and he’s clueless as to what it’s all about.
To be completely honest, there is one thing about tractor pulls I do not like. I hate that they place women in a division called “Powder Puff.” The first time I heard it I was offended by it. Now, years later, I still am. I can’t get used to it and I don’t want to. It’s blatantly saying women aren’t as good as men so let’s put them in a separate category. And, if that’s not bad enough, let’s call the women’s division Powder Puff.
I don’t know where that name originated but it was a bad idea. I was online trying to find out where the category first began so I could publically chastise the individual or organization that started it, but I couldn’t find it. What I did find was a write up about a tractor pull where the winner of the women’s category, also called Powder Puff Division, was allowed to challenge the winner in the men’s division. The women have a tendency to win that challenge. During one such challenge, the competitors were husband and wife. He voiced embarrassment at being beaten by his wife.
Maybe that’s it. Maybe women are isolated in a separate division and demeaned from the get-go out of fear they will embarrass men. Regardless of the reason why, how about we put a stop to that division and allow women to compete alongside men? It’s 2016 and not 1816.
Standard reporter Lisa Hobbs can be reached at 473-2191.