For Nietzsche, in Beyond Good and Evil, the question was whether truth was a woman.

For the contemporary German philosopher Wolfram Eilenberger, the question is: Supposing his favorite soccer team is a woman?

In an article, and now in an interview (Zeit Online: “You are serious about your feminization [of soccer] thesis?”), Eilenberger warns of androgynous-looking, collectivist-minded new coaches and players on the team. Bayern Munich is starting to play like a girl!

To those who’ve ridiculed him as “Philodoof,” Eilenberger darkly notes that the feminization of soccer is only a small part of “the end of man” generally – the end of masculinity itself.

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4 Responses to “Supposing that Bayern Munich is a woman… What then?”

  1. Dom Says:

    If the translation isn’t clear, the professor is making an extended deadpan joke. He describes a solid defense and ball possession, respectively, as “Penetrationsverweigerung” — denial of penetration — and “Vorspielen ohne Abschlussverlangen” — preliminary play with no desire to reach completion.

  2. Margaret Soltan Says:

    Dom: I think he’s making various sallies, yes; but his seriousness about the idea seems pretty clear. I’m happy to be corrected on that.

  3. Alan Allport Says:

    The Goodies saw this coming years ago (jump to the 4:30 mark).

  4. Margaret Soltan Says:

    “That’s gonna give him lots of trouble with his arabesques.”

    Wonderful, Alan. Many thanks.

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