[Ed. – Speaking of acts that are cringeworthy …]
A feminist scholar attending a baseball game at Fenway Park declined to clap as a veteran was honored, cringed when the American flag was unfurled, and would not stand when the rest of the crowd did so to sing “America the Beautiful.”
This was her personal way of protesting the patriarchy and what she calls “militarized, masculinity-heroism patriotism.”
Dr. Cynthia Enloe, a woman’s studies professor at Clark University, recounted her experience in recently published essay.
“Around the 6th inning, during a lull in the action, the Fenway announcer drew our attention to the Jumbotron, where we saw a giant version of a middle-aged white man who, in human proportions, was with us in the stands. He was identified as a veteran of recent U.S. wars. Invited to give him a hero’s welcome, a wave of grateful applause erupted. I sat stingily on my hands, still saying nothing,” she wrote.