Don’t Question This Girl’s Right

May 26, 2009 § 3 Comments

Hannah Berner is a peer of mine at school; she is in a few of my classes.  She is smart, hard-working and an outstanding tennis player.  Recently, my school (The Beacon School) played Cardozo High School in the PSAL finals, and won.  Hannah plays on the boys’ tennis team, and she competes right alongside them.  There is no girls’ team at my school because of lack of funds, but Hannah gets by just fine with the boys.  The coach said,

 “Hannah [Berner] is great, but she’s a girl on a boys team. They need a girls team. This is the boys championship. B-o-y-s.”

Read the full article here. His reaction after losing in the final is disgraceful, setting a terrible example for all the boys playing on the team.  While I agree that my school is in need of a girls’ team this is not the appropriate way to go about it.  Sometimes I forget that there really are people like this, who even think it is acceptable to say such misogynistic and sexist things, especially as a high school tennis coach.  Anyway, there is a poll towards the bottom on the right of the article, please vote and show your support for Hannah!

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§ 3 Responses to Don’t Question This Girl’s Right

  • mirandanyc says:

    Great post! I just put the link in for you. And I voted!

  • Jay says:

    Particularly ironic that they played at the Billie Jean King Tennis Center, isn’t it? Nice article. Idiot coach.

  • Andrew says:

    I think this is a really good post that you put up. I feel really bad for you that you are the only girl on the team playing, but I think that it is a great experience. I also feel bad for you that their is no girl team and that the school does not have enough funds and you have to be stuck with guys, but at least you are trying your best and doing a good job. Keep up the good work. It is not right for the guys to be like a girl can not join the team and stuff because a girl is capable of doing anything a guy can do. Just keep up the good work and remember to NEVER GIVE UP!! :D

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