Out thanks to a number of people who alerted us to this story:
We were undecided about whether to do a post on it, but our favourite professional whine merchant Laura Bates is quoted in the piece (below) so we just had to do a post:
Laura Bates, founder of the Everyday Sexism project, insisted Miss Grant was wrong to focus on the looks of sportswomen and suggest the purpose of sport is to be ‘girlie and feminine’.
“We shouldn’t say women should only do sports while they look radiant and beautiful. It’s actually discouraging for a minister to say this. It suggests the problem is coming from the young women themselves, when I think a big problem is societal response.”
‘It suggests the problem is coming from the young women themselves…’. Young women not playing as much sport as young men can NOT be attributed to the choices freely made, or not made, by young women. Women must never be held accountable for the consequences of their actions and inactions. No siree…