“Now the women are getting more beautiful, putting on make-up. They go in the field in an elegant manner. Women’s football used to copy men’s football. Even the jersey model, it was
more masculine. We used to dress the girls as boys. So the team lacked a spirit of elegance, femininity. Now the shorts are a bit shorter, the hair styles are more done up. It’s not a woman
dressed as a man.”
-- Marco Aurelio Cunha
, the Brazilian women's national team coordinator, straight out of the Sepp Blatter
"shorter-shorts" playbook, claiming the (modest) increase in attention to Brazil's Women's World Cup team is due to improved beauty routines. (Globe & Mail
As much as modern Western societies want men and women to be not just equal but the same, most of the world prefers, it seems, to have them remain different. When will we figure out that (a) "equal" doesn't really require that they be the same, and (b) both men and women, despite any reconstruction society can do, will remain fundamentally sexual creatures? Not a popular position these days, but still true.
Unfortunate statement as well as the comment from Kyr-Roger. Stating that the way women, look and dress detracts from the what they are producing on the field as footballers and athletes. To utilize the rationale, as expressed by Kyr- Roger, fails the litmus test of logic by such a wide margin it is beyond the pale. Simply put: As a man I am attracted to women. I watch soccer matches because I love the sport. I do not discern the quality on the field by any sexual attraction. One has nothing to do with the other.
I do not say it detracts from what they produce on the pitch; I say it (sex, or sex appeal) is another aspect of watching a match. Don't put words in my mouth just to show what a wonderfully modern guy you are.
When you watch a match, you are still a sexual creature. The lack of a logical relationship between the enjoyment of the athletic performance of the players, and their sex, doesn't mean that their sex doesn't exist or that you, the spectator, don't notice their appearance, both as players and as women or men.