Remember last summer how the Women’s World Cup was being played in Germany and it got polite coverage from ESPN? At the same time, there were other World Cup tournaments being played elsewhere in the world: there was under-21 and under-17 for boys elsewhere in the world. While my Chilango in-laws were doing cart wheels about the Best High School Soccer Team On Earth, Latin American women were represented only by Brasil. What a difference Title IX makes for a girl in The Americas. But that is just for educational athletics in the USA; it’s the reason that Mexican girls have to be students in the USA to be able to show and develop their talent as as soccer players. But even that much might change for all girls in the US.
For all of the reasons in the linked page and more, all girls need to have the status of this game defended. Of all the sports I follow, the difference between the genders of the players of the game could not be less distinct than in soccer. This is not to say that there are inherent differences in between the sexes when it comes to athletic ability, but on the soccer field those differences get flatter than in any other field of play.
Tell me I’m wrong, but when I watch a program like Lo Que Callamos Las Mujeres, I’m not looking at machismo — I get the feeling that I’m looking at a reflection of violence that Mexican women live with day-in, day-out; it’s not something that I need to have better than the half-assed spoken language comprehension to understand. It’s one thing for a society to not be able to get men to stop beating women and another to understand how important it is for their daughters be able to excel and be praised for participation in athletics.
The least that people in the USA do for Mexican girls is to show that there is a place for women to excel in athletics, even if it is on the other side of the fence.