Not Quite Open

I’m not much of a golfer.  By “not much” I mean that I’ve played half a round in my life.  I went with 6 golf balls and came home with two, neither of which were part of the half-a-dozen I started with.  However, I can actually understand the entertainment value so I do know that the US Open is currently taking place.

The concept of an Open tournament, though, isn’t quite as open at it would appear.  They get their name from the fact that entry is essentially open to anyone wishing to take part.  Probably sensibly, though, most tournaments will apply entry criteria to make sure they get a properly sized field of those suitably skilled to play.  In other words, “Sure you can enter, as long as you’re good enough”.

There’s a subject along similar lines that I’ve never quite agreed with the principle of, and that’s the subject of “men only groups”, or “women only groups”, or “white only groups” or “black only groups”.

In the neutral context of sexism, racism or pretty much any other type of ism, they’re all as divisive as each other.  However, I understand that they are designed not to maintain or precipitate a power imbalance based on biology or theology or any other trait, but that they are designed to promote comfort within the group and escape any actual or perceived oppression.

This is where I’m split about the necessity of these groups.  Just as I used the example of a golf tournament, so earlier this year Rory McIlroy pressurised a golf club to break its “men only rule” and open its membership to women too.  In today’s modern world, I don’t think anyone would disagree with this.  But then if we talk about a group to support the victim’s of domestic violence, it might make sense to have membership composed of only one sex.

However, in some instances I feel that there would be a benefit in not framing the problem as being “gender” related or “race” related, but seen rather as a lack of inclusion of key stakeholders.  Surely the best way to teach not just tolerance but acceptance, equality and inclusion is to get all sides of the story and all people working together.

Here we are,
Sharing our lives.
We made it through
The good and bad times,
And still we stand
With hope in our hearts.
No matter what
We will play our part.
And now we’ve come so far,
One chance to touch a star,
Go higher and higher.

Find your guiding inspiration
In a place where dreams are made,
With a lifetime’s preparation
It’s no time to be afraid.
Put our differences behind us
While we shine like the sun.
See what we’ve all become.
Together we are one.

Deep inside your heart and soul,
You’ve worked so hard
To reach your goal.
With every step,
With every breath,
You gave it all
Till there was nothing left.
Seek out the strength to win,
No thoughts of giving in,
Go higher and higher.

Find your guiding inspiration
In a place where dreams are made,
With a lifetime’s preparation
It’s no time to be afraid.
Put our differences behind us
While we shine like the sun.
See what we’ve all become.
Together we are one.

See what we’ve all become.
Together we are one.

Together We Are One by Delta Goodrem

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