I used to live in a small rural conservative town. Against impossible odds a few dozen acres of prime real estate were somehow exempted from feverish development for a “sports park.” The community took understandable pride in what they had built: a crowning jewel featuring baseball diamonds, fishing ponds, soccer fields, tennis courts, volleyball and more.
Finally the local amateur sport leagues had a place where they could shine and participate in the time-honored activity of athletic competition. The facility was promptly used as a means of gender-based oppression by giving all the best time slots to the boy leagues. Girl leagues were relegated to sloppy seconds.
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Aw, c’mon. Who could possibly be bothered by this? It’s just boys being boys, right? Don’t get yer panties in a bunch, honey.
Meanwhile, on one of the world’s larget stages, the Women’s World Cup is currently underway, presented by FIFA, one of the most corrupt organizations discovered by human science so far. Men play soccer on grass surfaces during major FIFA events. Women are playing the 2015 World Cup on artificial turf.
It turns out players don’t like artificial turf. It hurts and caused injuries and stuff. They call it “turf burn.” Search the web and you’ll see how turf brutalizes a player’s legs. Said one American female World Cup competitor, “Bullshit.”
Why grass for men and turf for women? Since non-profit organizations like FIFA are all about the money, I bet it has something to do with that.
The question of gender and turf earlier prompted a gender discrimination claim against FIFA brought by women World Cup players, but early this year the claim was withdrawn. Sadly the action never had any real chance of success.
Change is coming but it is slow. And it always favors men first. Women will get to play on grass in 2019. This year is the first for “goal-line technology” at a Women’s World Cup. Men have had it since 2014 in Brazil.
Why the disparity? Simply put, men’s sports are still the primary draw. Major tennis events traditionally end with the men’s final. It is the role of women to be the runner-up. The limelight is reserved for men. It’s all about the ratings and money. Can you name the female version of the Tour de France? No one has ever heard of it.
I honestly don’t understand this, but again, I think it has to do with dollars which are based on mob mentality and giving the public what it wants. Why does the public think sports by men or more important than those played by women? I have no idea except that we’re a really fucked up species.