But why is this a problem?

Put nice smelling soap in changing rooms to encourage girls to play sport, a Football Association chief has said, as she reveals that girls as young as eight are now dropping out of sports lessons because they fear exercise is not feminine.

Baroness Sue Campbell, who is head of women’s football at the FA, said that the steep decline in physical activity in primary school girls is a major concern for policy makers.

“We used to believe that most girls stayed in sport until about age 14 or 15 and then dropped out because they didn’t want to look muscley,” said Baroness Campbell, the former chair of UK Sport who oversaw Team GB’s success at the London and Beijing Olympics.

“Now I am afraid it has got much younger. I think we are seeing earlier maturation, so we are realising girls are dropping out of activities at age eight and nine.”

Earlier menarche, earlier division into sex specific behaviour.

Shrug. Why is this a problem there must be a plan about? More, why must there be no difference in sex specific behaviour?

9 comments on “But why is this a problem?

  1. I would guess the subtext is heterosexuality. Girls refusing to bulk up by playing sport are, presumably, voting for healthy relationships with boys. While Women’s football means lesbianism.

    They are having problems recruiting it seems. What would Britain do without more rug munchers?

  2. Sexual dimorphism and heterosexual mating habits: girls find it largely pointless whereas boys enjoy it, probably a throwback to the warrior impressing the maiden.

  3. In the futile effort to prove women are as capable as men (spoiler: they aren’t) they must be forced to do all the things men do. Of course when they do those things and are found to be hopelessly inferior at them, then there will be some new demand to eliminate this sexism.

  4. Because I don’t want girls growing up to be fat heffalumps who are displeasing to my eyes. Worse still, they’ll go on to write articles about fat-shaming in Everyday Feminism. Exercise keeps them in shape.

  5. “While Women’s football means lesbianism.”

    I used to think the old trope’s about this were just bunk.

    Until I heard that the friend of a friend was getting divorced because his wife had got interested in rugby, joined a ladies team and ran off with one of her team mates……………..

  6. Andrew M,

    Given that Everyday Feminism appears to be teetering on the brink of oblivion, what kind of soap do you suppose they had in their facilities?

  7. Andrew M – “Because I don’t want girls growing up to be fat heffalumps who are displeasing to my eyes. Worse still, they’ll go on to write articles about fat-shaming in Everyday Feminism. Exercise keeps them in shape.”

    Wanting to be f**ked by a good man keeps them in shape. Exercise does not. At least not by itself. You can see any number of sportswomen who are fat. Non-Korean female golfers for instance.

  8. Well it’s not because they’re all getting pregnant, teenage ones have gone down dramatically over the last 10 years.

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