The other day my wife was at a playgroup that the girls attend every week.
She was talking to a grandmother and happened to say that M was going to ballet for the first time that night. This person then turned to R and said are you going too so R said no I will be going to Football. The lady then laughed right in front of R.
How wrong is that? What girls can’t play football? She could have easily put R off the idea of playing football.
My wife turned around very quickly and said that R’s sister has played football for Wales. Instantly her attitude changed because her sister had played for her country. My daughter is a great example of what can be achieved in any sport irrespective of gender.
In the older generations gender stereotyping is alive and kicking. Most believe girls should only to “girlie things” and all boys are “super heroes “
What worries me is this is still being taught down the generations and younger people believe it too.
My three older children, two of which are girls, all played football. The girls were easily a match for any boys team and in particular my now 18 year old played for Wales at different ages including being involved with the u17 Welsh squad. Unfortunately her career is on hold due to her forging out a career in university, but they are great examples that all sport or activities should be open to both boys and girls irrespective of their sex.
Thankfully we have finally moved into the 21st century and really does it matter if you are a boy or girl you should be allowed to parcipatate in any sport or activity you want. Hopefully all these gender barriers will be broken down forever.