Near the Old Man of Storr, Scotland I took this in 2004

Monday, June 27, 2011

The World Cup is Here!

First, please keep signing my 2 petitions , found in the 1 link below, for animal rights and welfare:

In other news, The World Cup began yesterday, and barely a mention has been given to it. It ranks well below the stupid yearly Bollywood festival that’s taking place here; a culture of over-sexualized women, and misogynist and aggressive men is being celebrated. There's a fucking shock.

None of this comes as any surprise. This World Cup of soccer, is not the standard, man-centered game, this World Cup is all women, and is idiotically called The Women’s World Cup, but, whenever men play an organized sport, their gender is Never mentioned. We don’t say Men’s Major League Baseball, or Men’s National Basketball Association, etc, but we still make glaring precedental exceptions for all female teams, and we remember to add the word Women, as if we as a gender are supposed to be reminded that we are just beginning in the big-wide-world of man-centered shit, and for so many years well, women weren’t even allowed to play sports, so gosh, it’s an important step to even be allowed to play, and therefore, using the word Women in front of the sports we can play is actually good, people know which sports women are playing.

It’s patronizing, pathetic and totally misogynist to continue using the word women in front of female tournaments/games/teams etc.

The athletes in this Cup are all much older then man players ( see, people often say, Women-doctors, women-writers, and they say it and think they are being, what?, fucking egalitarian, but they most assuredly have never said, ‘look at the preponderance of man- sportscasters’), because women don’t get the same chances to play, the same kind of funding or sponsorships.

This event isn’t being advertised all over TV because it’s not ‘cool’ to see strong, athletic women, fully clothed, and by that I mean, in regulation length shorts and jerseys, playing hard, physical sports. If this were fricking beach volley ball, where the women wear the equivalent of bikinis, this event would be highly advertised, especially in “men’s magazines” and the like.

Germany is hosting the Cup. For the most part, the Germans support their female athletes, as far as I understand, anyway, much more then, say Canada does, therefore, I wasn’t shocked to learn that Germany beat Canada, 2-1.

Even if you’re not a sports fan , or hate organized sports, I encourage you to watch this cup. We never get to see women acting like women; being rough, aggressive and not trying to get a man’s attention. We always see women, especially in the highly genderized world of sport, acting like little girls who want to please boys; think of tennis, and the outfits they wear, or, the aforementioned volleyball, both beach and indoor, swimming, skating.

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