you go girl

Is it her fault the boys get horny?

Madison Baxter looooves football.  She’s going into 7th grade and apparently her school has decided that’s the point at which the boys can’t control themselves enough focus on the important task of football.

So, Maddie can’t play football because she’s a girl.  Instead of teaching boys that girls can play sports along with them– instead of giving the boys she plays with the opportunity to grow by seeing a girl as something other than an object of lust — the ‘wise’ folks in her community have decided her football career is over.

Maddie’s squashed desire to play football isn’t in the same league as women across the globe being discriminated against in housing, employment, society etc.. BUT, she’s an important person who is being told she can’t do something she had already been doing because of her gender.

In a country where high school football players raped a drunk classmate (Stubenville, OH in case you weren’t catching the reference), her teammates have been denied the opportunity to learn that girls are people too — and Maddie has been denied the opportunity to get hit like the boys.

IF they’d sent letters to the families of ALL football players who fall under a certain weight/height, out of concern for their safety — then it would be ok — but, because she’s a girl she’s provoking sexual thoughts in the boys and can’t play.  That sucks.

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June 25, 2013 · 4:32 pm

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