Posted by sean on June 19, 2019 at 11:20 pm in England with No Comments

It is nice to see the England Women football team doing well this year, just like their male counterparts 12 months ago.

To be fair to the Lionesses, they’ve been getting better and better over the last decade. Until last summer, England men had been pretty rubbish since 1996.

I’m not here to blog about the players. I am blogging about my observations concerning the fans and their behaviour.

Maybe it is just the media portrays things, but if you are a supporter of a country in the Womens World Cup, whether it is England or another team, you’re perceived to be well-behaved, honourable and, according to one story I noticed, “photogentic”.

At first, I did find that a tad sexist, especially the word “photogenic”, as the headline came across as “look at these lovely girlies. See, they can watch football too. Bless their cotton socks”.

I can assure anyone in any doubt that women enjoy mens football too. Indeed, it was following Bath City where I met my wonderful wife of three years and 364 days (it’s our anniversary tomorrow).

I can forgive the news article a bit, as I noticed photos of male fans – of course, tucked away at the bottom of the page!

Compare this to how male fans of the mens team are usually reported… loud, sweaty, lager louts. At least the red-top tabloids have stopped brandishing any man with the audacity to fly the St George flag a hooligan.

To be fair, there are a lot of football fans who are loud, sweaty, lager louts… many of these are even women!

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