For those of you that have not been watching or even been aware, there is a revolution in womens football happening. The womens world cup 2019 has been an amazing spectacle of athletic prowess and artistry. It is now at the semi final stage.
The rise of womens football is a story of realisation, belief and commitment. It is a story of empowerment and breaking constricting perceptions.
Watch this Optus advert promoting the empowerment of our sisters and daughters and be inspired...
I am not a huge football fan but I enjoy watching the games both my husband and son watch. Die hard LEEDS United fans and I have shared some time watching previous world cups with them.
But it is this world cup, where the world is listening and open to the power of womens sport.
The worlds game has recorded record audiences, over 1billion tickets sold, tv audiences inc average viewers per match of France av.10.106 million, Brazil 22 Million, Italy 7million, USA up to 40 million and England V's Norway broke the record at 7.6million viewers watching at home in England! I include the last one as my husband is religiously cheering on the 3 Lionesses (England). Viewing figures in Australia have also been the highest they ever have been and sponsors have flooded in to take advantage of the epiphany, for some, that womens football has truely arrived!
There are the detractors, the nay sayers and general dismissive individuals with their blinkered perspectives, my son was told by a peer he must be "gay" when he glowing reported some of the excellent football he had witnessed. A befuddling slur being a pubescent boy watching women play extremely athletic sport is surely the opposite, but he rises above it and sees it for what it is, ignorance. My husband defends the game online faced with short sited followers of the male game that can't open to see another beautiful facet of the sport they profess to love. But, more and more it is embraced by the football masses as another facet of this enticing game. Watch if you will the passionate display of energy, fans and players of the recent France v's USA game to see magnificence.
Why am I writing about this, because it reflects broader perceptions of women in society. I have the pleasure and honour of supporting women at all stages of their womanliness, be it reproductive or restoratively, and I never ceased to be amazed at the courage, strength and commitment of the women I meet. Perhaps I am reflecting a hope that instead of rhetoric the world is open to equality, no more, no less, equality! Free from pre-conceptual prejudice based on gender, sexuality, age, ethnicity or belief.
I am basking in my husbands undiminished support of the game he watches, blind to the gender just basking in the delights of watching football as he shouts on England with our son and daughters by his side. England play the USA on Wednesday morning at 5am and then on to the final. Whatever the score, whichever team hoists the cup aloft. Football, choice, men and women have won! Equal pay, equal rights
Petrina Duncan, Obstetrician, Gynaecologist, and mother. Writes about events, news issues and health issues.