We have a letter! From a fan! We have a fan. We have a fan not related to us genetically or geographically.
He wrote about our commentary on the Jayne in Glamour blog. And he mostly agrees with us. Another reason to post what he said!
Let me share with you what he said, because, well, he writes so much better than C and R! Let’s hope he doesn’t get in the blogging business.
The magazine's emphasis on physical appearance, for a woman who is clearly a role model based on a unique combination of both athletic and academic excellence, is most definitely the wrong message. As a father of two teen-aged daughters, the societal obsession with appearance has been a continual battle, both with regard to their self-esteem and their focus (or lack thereof) on areas of development that really matter. All crazy, because they look just fine.
I must have read the article differently, because I was much more impressed with Jayne's future plans: "Off the court, Appel was inspired by a family member who suffers from mental illness to do advocacy work on the issue and volunteer for a support group. The psychology major plans to graduate early so she can prepare for the WNBA and expects to pursue a career in mental health advocacy." (Yes, she did say that.)
Signed your number one (and only one) fan.
(Okay, we made that closing remark up.)
C and R writing again:
Oops, we kinda glossed over that part about Jayne doing "advocacy work" and well, Jayne, we owe you an apology. C and R are sorry if we portrayed you as shallow and not having long term goals outside of sports. We hope you make it to the WNBA and use your fame to support worthy causes that are important to you. (I know this sounds snarky in a written form, but we really do mean this, sincerely.) C mostly wanted to comment on the type of magazine Glamour was and question if being in it was sending the right message to young people, not attack you personally.
(R always wonders if the Stanford players read this blog. C always say no, but R is the more hopeful one of the bunch. So Jayne, if you are sitting around the dorm munching popcorn with JJ, show her we apologized, hee hee.)
Oh, want to see what we wrote back to our fan? (We need to fill some more space)
Opening paragraph, thanks for writing, blah blah, blah.....
Second paragraph, C writing here:
Growing up in the 1970's (shhh, no one do the math…), I was a tag-along little sister to my older brothers, (just like Jayne following her brothers) and at first played sports because they did, and then later fell in love with all things sports! (Is that a proper sentence?). My Mom did not understand this obsession with sports and my absolute lack of desire to be ladylike and wear skirts and high heels. Good thing I had all that "boy training" so when I played girl sports in high school I was good because I had been taught to play like a GUY and not ladylike!! (Not the case today, women athletes are more properly trained to play like a guy, or more aptly put, aggressively and at a higher level.) I hate when women athletes are forced to appear "feminine" for convention and society's sake. But I digress...
Oops, we did kinda gloss over the part where Jayne said she wanted "to do advocacy work on the issue and volunteer for a support group". I guess I better go write Jayne an apology. (See above, Jayne)
Keep raising those daughters right, with lots of self esteem and confidence and they will reward you be abandoning you and taking all your money and your sheets and pillow cases to go away to college to study engineering, a traditional "man's" major, as my daughter did this fall.... hee hee.... oh, I digress again.
Half of C and R
Geez, how many more days until college basketball season starts?