Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 10/15/2011
Feminism | Posted by Vimbai D on 04/18/2011
Women’s Super League: Up and Running
April 13th 2011 was a landmark day for women’s football in England as Arsenal took on Chelsea in the inaugural match of the FA’s Women’s Super League (the WSL). And it was also a personal landmark day as I was able to watch the match on TV. Yes, I did. Women’s football. On TV. I have never had the opportunity to watch women’s football matches on TV before so excuse my excitement.
Featuring eight clubs including Chelsea, Arsenal, Everton and Liverpool, the WSL has been three years in the making. Official plans for the league had been announced in 2009, but it has been a league that has been needed for longer than that. It is the step forward that women’s football in England has …
Pop-Culture | Posted by Rosamund C on 02/2/2011
What Penalty For Sexism in Sport?
Anyone living in Britain at the moment would have to be hiding under a rock to have missed the current Sky news sexism row. It hasn’t quite got its own ‘-gate’ suffix yet but it’s surely only a matter of time, as what started as a few off-the-cuff comments has snowballed into a national debate.
Sky Sports presenters Richard Keys and Andy Gray were commentating on a football (soccer) match last Saturday, when, believing their microphones to be switched off, they made sexist remarks about the female referee, Sian Massey. The game hadn’t even started when they were already criticising her ability to do her job, complaining that women “don’t know the offside rule” and that “the game’s gone mad.” They …