Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Women’s football’s long-term relationship with Toxic Positivity

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As the women’s game grows around the world and professionalism moves from fiction to fact, we remain reticent to criticise the game. While it’s true that women’s football is a friendlier place, the “woso bubble” one also tends to be a welcoming one to newbies, but that enclosed space is also a sign of stunted growth.

Negativity

You don’t have to go far in the women’s game to find negativity from outside, you might have never been near a pitch that women were playing on but if you’ve seen any article published about the sport online, it’s likely you’ve seen malevolence in the comments. Maybe you’ve told people in your own personal circle that you’re involved in one way or another in the women’s game, only to be told that it’s “just women’s football.” Not even, “women’s football” but just women’s football; a lesser product not to be confused with the real thing.

You don’t even have to go far in coaching or journalistic circles to find women’s football being sold as a steppingstone. Men’s football is a heaving beast of a gargantuan entity, breaking into it is no easy task, but hey kid, do girls football first – it’s a piece of cake – and then you can graduate onto the real thing.

Is it any wonder that will all this crap we see on a daily basis that we’re reticent to criticise the game we love? With the sport getting so much hate from outside, why on earth would we want to add to it, we’re supposed to support it!

As defensive as fans tend to be about their favourite teams or players . . .

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