I know, I know, what a ridiculous hot take. But hear me out!
So I was scrolling through Instagram, like you do, when I saw an ad (does anyone else get SO MANY ADS these days???) for Nike. It was a super cool video of girls playing football in the dark and rain, exciting music, and so on. The final message was that Nike is spending some large sum of money to promote having women’s flag football in every school in America by 2023. Cool! I would totally have played! I opened the comments, curious if anyone else was annoyed they weren’t all pushing for the boys to play flag football too. Well. I should have known better.
“You make football better?! I dont understand why they dont just give ’em pads and put them on the field with the boys then.”
“If they’re so tough and they sacrifice just as much, make them play real football, where men sacrifice their memory and their body sometimes.”
“How does flag football makes football better?”
“Why flag and not tackle ???”
These are the tame version of the comments, after the platform has taken down some of the most offensive offerings. But the attitude is the same. It ain’t football unless they’re hitting each other.Continue reading “American Sports: Basically The Hunger Games”