Two women weigh in on Tiger
Of all the letters, we've received about the Tiger Woods affair, none make a more fascinating pair than these two that came in hours apart to Golf World and Golf Digest respectively. The first reacts to Golf World's latest cover, which features a photo of Tiger from his press conference; the second to the page of letters Golf Digest ran recently in reaction to the Tiger news.
Never wrote to a golf magazine before, but I have to say to you, why would you put the man's face on front of your magazine who has brought nothing but shame to his family, fellow golf players, the golf game standards, country and everyone else he touches, when you could have put Ian Poulter a young man who just won his first PGA Tour event ? And these are the fellows who are going to be on tour, and strengthening the PGA Tour: [You are] selling magazine--no character. The tour won't be the same without a Tiger, not as much money, but they'll survive; they have lots of talent, and some fine men who play the game--which you might consider focusing on. Leopards don't change their spots and Tigers don't change their stripes, no matter how much money you pay people to put a positive spin on things. Respect....doubt it....but in this country money is the name of the game. Sorry you couldn't be classy and support the fabulous guys that are on the tour, every week, grinding and showing up.
An old retired lady in Florida
As a younger woman, who is strong, feminist, and post-feminist, and feminine, I was outraged by your selection of letters about Tiger Woods in your Feb. 2010 edition. I do not believe it was representative. Men have sex. Real men have a lot of sex. Men who are husbands support their families, satisfy their wives, raise their children, and have plenty left over.
I cannot abide a society that would deprive us of Alexander Hamilton and Ben Franklin (who supported their many illegitimate children), that would deprive us of JFK and LBJ (Lyndon Johnson once shouted out at a Cabinet meeting, "I have had more women on accident than JFK had on purpose!"), and that would have deprived us of other athletes and politicians of quality because of behavior that is natural and none of our business.
Not one Golf Digest reader I know is as priggish as the 100% of quotes you presented.
Or, perhaps the decorum of those of us who expect men to mate freely as long as they meet their duties simply left the prudes and hypocrites free to dominate your pages.
Tiger Woods should have grinned, cracked a joke, and won his next tournament.
His self-emasculation is a horror.
I've spoken to my wife. We have no comment.