So, Japan barely beat the U.S. in the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup final—congrats to our radioactive competitors, Lord knows they deserve some good news! But watching I couldn’t help but think how in-often I see athletic women on non-cable broadcasts: such fine female athletes sliding and struggling on the international field, hugging their short-haired sisters,the American fans cheering and celebrating every goal, star-spangled banners waving in hands. Think of the young women watching, seeing what they could become; the young men discovering a newfound respect for female strength.
And then, someone at the bar changed the channel to the Real Housewives of Subservience where a blonde in lingerie massaged her shirtless husband’s feet. The contrast left me feeling a little sick to my stomach and hungry for what so many American sports fans never see… female success.