A Turkish football team played a football match in front of a crowd that was solely made up of women and children. All together now, awwww!
They were going to have to play the match with no fans after an incident last season where spectators stormed onto the pitch and caused a fight. But instead, they were able to give tickets away for free and let thousands of women enjoy the match.
Firstly, this is really cute and warms my heart. Little girls at a football match with their grandmas. Love it!
And secondly, it adds a whole different dimension to sport and cheering. We don’t really have a forum for men to express their emotions in, so it all comes out at football matches. Joy, sorrow, elation and despair can all pass through in the 90 minutes of a match.
Unfortunately, this emotion often ends up being expressed as hate and aggression. For those of you who haven’t been to a football match, the fans generally shout abuse at players of the opposite team, insulting the player, their family and often their race. Not cool, right?
Instead of boos and jeers, the women just cheered and enjoyed themselves. Both teams were applauded, they sang their team’s songs with a smile and must have created a really nice atmosphere to play in.
Imagine if this continued. Imagine if all aspects of society had a bit more femininity in them. If business wasn’t all about making loads of money, but creating companies that benefit the Earth, if politics was a bit softer and nurturing rather than being about world domination.
I think there’s an idea that femininity is all well and good at home but in the real world? Nah. It wouldn’t work.
When we talk about sexual equality in society it’s often in terms of numbers. How many female CEOs there are, how many women there are in Government and so on. But most of these women, in order to succeed in a masculine environment, have to be quite masculine. Of course they’re women, with wombs and the like, but they don’t get to act or feel like women.
Maybe, instead of talking about how many females their are in high ranking positions, we should talk about bringing a feminine approach to our institutions.
I think it’s really nice to see women supporting their football team in a feminine way. Doing what men do, but in a way that is more feminine, that’s softer. Women don’t have to leave their femininity at the gate and start swearing at the players, they can support in a different way.
Perhaps we could all learn a thing or two from the women of Fernabace FC. That of course men and women can do the same things, but that it’s likely that they’ll do them in a different way. That the tried and tested masculine way isn’t the only way.