I swear to fucking god if i see one more post comparing hope solo to ray rice I will scream
"Women shouldn’t be paid the same as men."
"Women’s sports doesn’t matter."
"She shouldn’t have been dressed like that."
"There can’t be a woman president, what would happen when she gets a period?!"
"A man shouldn’t put his hand on a woman, but—"
"There is no double standard, it’s just a woman’s fault that she—"
*Ray Rice knocks out his wife, Adrian Peterson abuses his 4 year old son, Jonathan Dwyer breaks girlfriends nose and hurts 1 year old son*
"Ya’ll want equality so much, why aren’t you talking about Hope Solo???"
"How is the Hope Solo case different than Ray Rice?"
"Why is the media not talking about Hope Solo, too? This is inequality!"
"Hope Solo is just as bad, but since she’s a woman, no one cares."
"These guys at home & Hope Solo is still playing. Double standard."
"Woman are all equal rights until you bring up Hope Solo’s case."
(Pictures and Kelley O’Hara gif not mine)
the grocery store i work at is selling boxes of poptarts for $1.77 each and there goes all my money and all my gains
Soccer great Mia Hamm spoke recently with TIME about women’s soccer, the turf controversy surrounding the upcoming Women’s World Cup, and the growing attention for women’s sports.
She discussed the increasing popularity, and ensuing media coverage, of soccer. Hamm said that this year’s World Cup created many new soccer fans, and she believes this will result in increased viewership for the Women’s World Cup, which will be televised by Fox Sports 1. Hamm also acknowledged the increased level of play. “With regards to the U.S. team and the tournament, it’s going to be the best soccer that’s been played to this date,” she said.
When asked about the artificial turf the tournament is slated to be played on—an inconsistency which has drawn ire from many top players—Hamm said that she would personally prefer to play on grass than turf, and voiced her displeasure with the inequality of having the women’s tournament played on turf. “I would love for this tournament — it’s the best of the best in the world, it’s senior players, it’s not a youth world cup — for FIFA to remain consistent, and right now that means playing the game on grass, on a natural surface,” Hamm explained.
Hamm did a great deal to increase the visibility of female athletes. TIME hailed her “Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better” commercial, which showed Hamm competing with, and besting,Michael Jordan. Hamm said that playing sports helps build confidence, which carried over from the field to the workplace. She has served as a role model for countless girls and women.
Mia Hamm is one of the best, a competitive and talented female athlete who captivated the nation and highlighted the excitement of women’s sports, particularly with her 1999 penalty kick that brought the women’s World Cup trophy to the US. Read her interview with TIME here.
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