An American psychoanalyst comments on the matters in his world - books he reads, movies he watches, conferences he attends - from a psychoanalytic perspective. Intended for those curious about modern applied psychoanalysis.
This grows out of a project - the 10,000 minds project of the American Psychoanalytic Association - intended to help the public become aware of contemporary psychoanalysis.
Where were you in 1973 when Billie Jean King played Bobby
Riggs at the Astrodome? I was where many
other Americans were, watching it on TV.
Visually it was odd. The
Astrodome was huge and the tennis court was small. This was not a tennis venue. Even 13 year old me could tell that. And what I remember most – but what was not
depicted in the movie – was that Bobby Riggs (what thirteen year old had heard
of Bobby Riggs) intentionally dumped his first serve into the net to express
his disdain for Billie Jean King. I hated
him for that. Billie Jean King was cool –
I liked watching her play on TV. Plus, you
should always respect your opponent. And
when it became apparent to me early on that Billie Jean was going to win, I
kind of thought Bobby deserved to lose – but perhaps more importantly I thought
that he wasn’t in BJK’s class (and she did take him apart). It felt like a foregone conclusion that she
The movie Battle of the Sexes manages to make that foregone