January 20, 2006

football in skirts…anyone??

I was standing there by the bus stop, waiting for the bus in the freezing cold, when it suddenly came to me why football is considered a masculine sport. I feel a bit stupid now that I didn’t realise something that is so obvious before then. It is quite simple really…it is because we have decided to play football in shorts instead of prancing around in a skirt, like girls do in so many other sports that are considered ‘girly’, eg. netball, hockey, tennis and even lacrosse. I’m pretty certain that they play baseball in skirts as well. Indeed, guys find less amusement watching us play as we don’t have a skirt hoisted up around our waist every time we go in for a slide tackle; neither do our shorts get caught in our underwear so that the whole world can see frankly too much (à la Anna Kournikova).
Myself, I have never understood the practical aspects of doing sports in a skirt, which just leaves me with two questions…who's idea was it and, more importantly, why??

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  1. Emma

    I see where you’re coming from. Most people think female footballers and rugby players are dykes and maybe the shorts are to blame. Personally I like watching football and playing other sports but I wouldn’t play footy for this reason. I’m a keen runner and for that we wear racing briefs (basically bikini bottoms) – maybe these could be adopted for women’s football and rugby too? They’re a lot more practical than skirts!

    09 Nov 2006, 16:26


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