The World Cup is over, but in this great blog post Afifa Aza expresses the same thoughts that have been running through my mind throughout the tournament.”So where are the women who are fed up with being excluded from national conversations on football? where are the women who think that football is not just a man’s game? where are the women who know they have something to add,to share?” I am quickly putting my hand up, along with many other Jamaican women! Thanks so much for this, Afifa!
Now that the World Cup is over, it is a good time to say what i have learnt and it is not about football. It is about what belongs to men and what belongs to women. Sports has a way of showing that divide sharply.
What i have learnt from CVM TV’s exclusive coverage of the FIFA World Cup is that football is for men. Football is the domain of men. For the entire duration of the competition, we had a male host with male commentators watching men play with occasional shots of their male coaches and one or two females in the audience crying laughing or cheering.( I am thinking more about how ideas of gender and sex function in postcolonial, colonial, neoliberal societies like ours.)
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