If you checked social media after the US women’s soccer team won its second consecutive World Cup title, and read some of the comments, you might find a few of these responses to their successes. ....
“That’s not the kitchen.”
“Go back to the kitchen.”
“They disrespected the country by kneeling for the Anthem.”
Those first two are dandies. And are so old school that today’s old school is offended. The fact that some men in this world still see women as only those who should spend the majority of their minutes in the kitchen is disgusting.
Women can do a lot of things in this world. They can manage Fortune 500 companies, they be a principal, superintendent or athletic director in a school district, they be an editor or publisher at a newspaper and, yes, some of them like to be in the kitchen.
But the days of saying they only belong in the kitchen are long gone.
The USWNT never trailed in the entire World Cup tournament. They broke the record for goals scored. They beat the second-, third- and fourth-place teams in the tournament, which included host France, which was the favorite to win according to one gambling website.
It was a legendary run. And the first thing a few men decide to tell them is “go back to the kitchen.”
Those “men” should go back to their parents’ basement. Because that’s likely who we are dealing with. Tough guys behind a computer screen. Weak in person.
It’s not everybody’s take. It was the take of a few. But a few takes like this is too many. We as Americans need to be better.
Alex Morgan got criticized because she celebrated a goal against England by sipping on some tea. That’s harmless, everyone. And these women worked hard to get to the level they are at. I say let them celebrate.
Morgan was right when she said after responding the critics, that men in their respective sports celebrate in similar ways. Some actually show up their opponents in the process.
Morgan didn’t show up anyone. She celebrated a World Cup goal in the corner of the field, with her teammates, and a sold-out crowd.
Megan Rapinoe took a ton of heat for her stance on the current state of the United States in her eyes. She decided to kneel during the National Anthem. This wasn’t the first time. It was just the first time a large chunk of the world was watching to be able to report it.
Rapinoe’s stance actually started shortly after Colin Kaepernick kneeled before an NFL game. She has felt this way for a while.
This group of women was unflappable when all the pressure was on them to win another World Cup title.
They are unapolgetic for their actions, celebrations and opinions.
They also make far less money than their male counterparts, who couldn’t even qualify for the last men’s World Cup.
I won’t pretend to tbe the biggest soccer fan in the world. I don’t hate it. I am just not running to my TV every time it is on. But I enjoyed watching the World Cup and the run these women had in winning the country’s fourth championship.
Celebrate all you want and however you want. You have earned your place in sports history. I don’t care what the 30-year-old men living in their parent’s basements think.
Contact Troy Hyde at firstname.lastname@example.org