Since time began, feminists worldwide have demanded equal rights and yes, they’ve probably said just about everything there is to say about sexism. We all dream of the day when women and men are treated with the same amount of respect, attention and understanding. But will this day ever come? Sexism should be non-existent and football is no exception.
Sexism can begin in the simplest of places; a primary school for example. Picture this, a group of boys are playing a football match in the school playground, one of the girls in the class decides to join the game. The boys are aware of her presence, but decide to ignore this fact and continue the match around her. She approaches the boys at the end of the match and asks: “Why didn’t you pass the ball to me?”
In reply, one of the young Ronaldo-wannabes says:
“Because you’re a girl. Girls can’t play football.”
What they don’t know is that, in many years to come, she will become England’s best female footballer, representing both Arsenal Ladies and the England National Team.
Professional football clearly has a huge effect on society. Even as a fan of football, a woman can still be a target of sexism. The misconception that females watch the game solely for the ‘hot guys’, is present in the minds of most men. Although this isn’t necessarily true for all women, the generalization is that all women think like this and it is both offensive and inconsiderate. It is clear to all football fans that it is pointless to support a club because of a good-looking or specifically skilful player; you have to love and believe in the whole team. It’s obvious that a woman can love a team as much as any man can, she’s capable of cheering and spurring her team on with the same amount of passion that any man could. Football is a game that is meant to unite. Bring people together, no matter of their background or way of life. The beautiful game. So surely women should be respected and be as much of a part of...