Mailbag – Title IX-tastic

Operative FJR writes in on a cocktail napkin from a lil beer joint off the Lee Highway:

Dr J, 

I don’t know if you have watched any of the women’s boxing but I happened to be watching a match when the Chinese participants bra came unhooked in the last round. It looked like she was wearing a regular JC Penny el-cheapo bra with skinny straps that hooks in the back. They had to stop the round and her coach had to hook her bra in the back. She seemed so distracted by the event (who wouldn’t be) that she almost lost the fight. Who the heck makes it to that level of athletic competition and doesn’t wear a sports bra? I’m a woman and I’ve played lots of sports and I can’t imagine boxing in anything other than a sports bra. 

This didn’t quite reach the level of “wardrobe malfunction” but it was pretty funny to watch an Olympic boxing match get stopped because of bra problems. The unfortunate part of the entire episode was the fact that the commentators didn’t even make any comments. I imagine since they were men they were afraid to make any comments because of the PC climate. I just thought the bra blowout was one event that warranted comment. 



Dear Operative FJR,

Dr. J. caught about 30 seconds of women’s boxing today, but moved on to more interesting programing, the men’s team foil semifinals between Italy and the U.S. The U.S. team was demolished, but, it forced the Lil Medstudent to bust out his claymore and challenge Dr. J. to a duel of real blades. As far as female athleticism goes, Dr. J. likes the Olympic staples, such as women’s gymnastics, swimming, track and field, and diving. In addition, he could sit and watch field hockey all day. Truth be told, he actually did in college, not missing more than a handful of home games during his four year stint at Ivy University. During the London games, Mrs. Dr. J. has gained a healthy respect for beach volleyball, such that Dr. J. is allowed to watch that too. Sadly, no wardrobe violations there. There was one in women’s water polo, but he missed that.  Indeed, the ladies covering up due to the chill in the air has protected Dr. J. from any digs from Mrs. Dr. J. regarding the scantily clad nature of the beach volleyball players.

As far as the men go, Dr. J. of course enjoys the swimming and track and field there as well. He enjoyed watching Andy Murray decimate Roger Federer in the gold medal match today. Honestly, he’ll watch just about anything as far as Olympic coverage goes, but one thing he was struck by was a feature on Saturday about Olga Korbut’s highs and lows at the 1972 Munich games and how her performance transformed how we looked at gymnastics. If the documentary gets posted to You Tube, or NBC he will provide a link.

While the programing didn’t do the Olympics as proxy war during the Cold War, it did teach Dr. J. a thing or two. He didn’t realize she was from Belarus, nor did he realize her coach’s artistic approach to her training was rejected by the Russian judges typically judging her. And you thought the U.S.S.R. was monolithic! It was nice seeing the ABC coverage of the 1972 games. A true breath of fresh air from what we have been used to seeing on NBC. The other thing about Olga, is that like many folks trapped behind the Iron Curtain, she has since left to make a wonderful life for herself in the United States. Unbeknownst to NBC, they accidentally reminded us again during this Olympics that the American Dream lives and it is meant to be built by you, and not Barack.

Have a great day and thanks for writing in.

About Dr. J.

Dr. J. was born the son of a New Atlantean sharecropper who cornered the market on notoriously delicious seaweed Himanthalia elongata (popularly known as Thongweed). With his newly minted seaweed fortune, Mr. J. the Elder sent his son to attend the Academy of Sorcery, Alchemy and Surgery where the good doctor apprenticed with the finest sorcerer surgeons in New Atlantis. Dr. J.'s areas of expertise grew to include bleeding, cutting for stone, trephination, medical divination with outstanding spatial and temporal resolution, cybernetic sorcery and medicinal alchemy. When King Orin of Atlantis fell ill with the Ick, Dr. J. stepped in with an elixir he devised from a combination of minerals, herbs and saps. Curing the king, Dr. J. gained significant notoriety which afforded him the luxury of time to devote himself to his side hobbies which include porpoise racing, the study of supply-side economics, cooking and raising his lovely merchildren alongside his lovely bride the archconservative Mrs. Dr. J.