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The Masters Tournament is coming to Georgia's Augusta National Golf Club again, and political psychologist Martha Burk argues that IBM CEO Virginia Rometty should use her company's event sponsorship to influence the club's men-only membership. The story outraged many readers, who said private clubs should not feel obligated to change their rules. Others said women should not be denied access to power plays forged on the course. What do you think?
The most-liked comment turned the tables on women.
AlCoholic: "Let men into women-only gyms."
guest203: "And into the ladies' room. If I tried to use the women's bathroom at a stadium I'd be arrested yet every time I go to the men's room their are women there because the line is shorter. Hey Martha, find a short pier and take a long walk."
HJCihak: "Martha, why is it so hard for you to understand? It's a PRIVATE club. They can make their own rules. Just as there's no law that says I have to socialize with you, there's no law that says Augusta men have to allow women into their private sanctum. Personally, I think this whole crusade of yours is nothing more than a way for you to grab your 15 minutes of fame. Please, don't go away mad. Just go away."
This woman's comment in support of the club's men's only status was also very popular.
GSUEagle1982: "I'm a woman, and I personally couldn't care less about getting in there if I were a CEO. I understand the point you're making that business is done on the golf course, but that doesn't negate the fact that business can be done on ANY golf course. Why are you making an issue of something that isn't an issue? I don't understand this. Who cares if they're a men only club? Further, who cares if they're black, white, hispanic, or anything else only? It's a private club, and if they don't want women in there then they're not going to make deals with them in there, regardless of whether they're strong-armed into allowing them or not. I'm all for anti-discrimination, but we're talking a golf club's membership here, not someone's hiring practices!"
But another reader - gender unknown - said they feel conflicted.
dhk57: "Rats. I hate it when I find myself on the side of the humorless, strident ultra-feminists. But unfortunately, that's the case here. Or maybe not – maybe I'm just on the side of the businesswomen, who are more concerned with getting the job done and advancing their own careers than with haranguing the rest of us about their list of gender grievances. Those are the real feminists. Nevertheless, much as it pains me to say it:
1) Burk is (ugh!) right. This isn't about access to a golf club; there are other, far better places to play golf. This is about access to the kinds of backroom deals that go down daily at Augusta. By locking women out of these deals, you make them less attractive for top management positions, even when they would be the first choice based on personal merit.
2) I don't understand how some commenters have conflated this issue with Title IX or Constitutional issues Yes, however repugnant we may find it, the government has no place prohibiting private clubs that take no public monies from having discriminatory admissions policies. But Burk is not proposing that they do - she is proposing a private solution (citizens and companies withdrawing their support) for a private problem. Is there a law against that?
3) Having a men-only club in 2012 is just stupid. As has been repeatedly said, we would not be having this conversation if it were a whites-only club. If the old boys really need a break that badly from their mink-stole'd, giant-sunglass-wearing, rat-dog-carrying trophy wives for a few hours, put a Versace store in the clubhouse. They won't need to talk to them again until it's time to go. But don't lock out the real women."
Mars and Venus aren't just planets.
WilltheFree: "I get Martha's point, but I don't think she understands people at all. As a man, at times I want to socialize with 'the guys' without any women around. It just so happens that this Augusta club provides that release for its members. I also understand from my women friends that they like to have 'girl time.' And I think both those requests are perfectly OK. It just so happens that's what Augusta provides for men. Yes, it's rooted in history and probably discrimination, but that's what it provides today. And as a private club, there's no reason why they can't do that. Martha's position is as silly as they come. If there was a ladies-only club that did the same thing and my wife wanted to join, she'd be welcome to. And this is such an obvious statement to me that Martha's position only makes her appear overly radical, and much less credible than a normal, mature adult."
Where do you make your big deals?
JanetMermaid: "Wow, so many posters (I'm assuming men based on the comments) truly don't get it. These types of facilities are where the serious deals are made. It isn't about golf, as the article says. It isn't about women wanting to play too. It is about a CEO of a major corporation being denied access to the same deals and plans that other corporate CEOs get just because she is female. Obviously none of you has ever been in a position where who you know and where you are seen with them is of equal (or more) importance than your title alone. It isn't about exclusion as a woman. It is about exclusion as a CEO."
Amegioa71: "Deals are made in the restroom too, so are women to allowed to harass us at the urinal too?"
This one goes out to the "Titanic" fans.
accorn: "Men are expected to sacrifice themselves on lifeboats, yet in the name of equality, I've got to let them play golf with me. Next time I'm on a sinking boat, I'm finding a feminist to throw overboard."
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Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.