Today Australia celebrated and toasted that a woman for winning the Melbourne Cup like it was something that was such a remote possibility it was deemed amazing.
If we were a society that was truly about equality, it would make no difference the gender of the jockey.
Today the country is full of hypocrites, this morning saying that the sport of kings is a cruel sport and should be banned, but now Michelle Payne is a hero and it’s all wonderful, because it’s all about feminism suddenly.
I’m sorry, but I seem to have missed the part where this made the industry suddenly all about the animals welfare and not about greed and hidden cruelty.
Perhaps these people are trying to say that women are weaker than men and therefore whip the horse more gently? What a crock of shit. A cruel industry is still a cruel industry no matter who is holding the winners cup for one race. These commentators need to wake the fuck up and choose their role models just a little more carefully in my view.
An extension of this kind of bizarre mentality would be that if Eva Braun had ordered the extermination of Jews instead of Adolf Hitler we would see these people claiming it as a feminist victory, the world’s first female genocidal dictator, another barrier broken down.
Anyway I don’t want to take anything away from Michelle Payne, the jockey with the apt surname, I have no doubt this is a big day for her, and the achievement of a lifetime.
As the airwaves buzzed, and the talk was all about the “first woman to win the Melbourne Cup”, I was left wondering “are we not forgetting something? Like maybe the horse?”
Perhaps again, we must give full credit to Michelle Payne, it cannot be easy running miles around a track, particularly dragging the weight of a horse between your legs as you run. Not only that, she had no free hands during her run, one had to hold reins and the other a whip.
However, It seems a little more likely to me that the honour for winning should be given where it’s due, the horse, Prince Of Penzance. After all it would seem to me that he was the one doing all the running. Not only that he had to contend with a jockey on his back whipping him, his vision impaired by blinkers so that he wouldn’t freak out at the sight of the other horses charging alongside.
I’m not saying there is no skill involved in being a jockey, but realistically if you’re not doing the running then you are a passenger, albeit one with a whip.
Anyway once again the racing industry has done itself proud throwing a no expense spared party.
Tomorrow as the hangovers start to lift the daily routine of slaughtering racehorses that didn’t make the cut will continue.
Champagne for the industry and real pain for the horses it relies upon. It’s a shame they can’t spare a little of what they spent yesterday to end the slaughter.
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