Girl is called ‘lesbian’ for playing football


A 13-year-old girl from Wales has said she has been called a lesbian because she plays football. Darcie, 13, who lives in Cwmbran, Torfaen,

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Darcie, 13, who lives in Cwmbran, Torfaen, told the BBC that she had been taunted by both boys and their parents for playing the sport.

The teenager said her school wouldn’t allow her to play football because it is a ‘boy’s sport.’

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‘They have criticised me a lot by saying I’m a man or a lesbian. They’ve just called me all different types of names.’

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She reported that some parents supporting their sons had shouted ‘don’t let a girl tackle you’ when she has been on the pitch.

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Gender stereotypes: Teen called lesbian for playing football

But she has been told by PE teachers that she cannot play it as a recommended sport at school – instead hockey and netball are for girls.

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Darcie, who is a central midfielder for a local football team, said it was not just boys who were responsible, with some parents shouting “don’t let a girl tackle you” as well.

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“I ask my PE teachers if I can play football, can I do that as a recommended sport and they say no because it is a boy’s sport.

“I think it is wrong that people criticise girls for playing football because it is something they want to do and they love.”

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Girl is called ‘lesbian’ for playing football

Sally Holland, the Children’s Commissioner for Wales,’told the BBC that it was ‘depressing’for her to’hear about the gender stereotyping.

‘Girls say that there’s often very little opportunity to take part in football and rugby,’ she told the broadcaster.

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Nalda Wainwright, director of the Welsh Institute of Physical Literacy, told the BBC that the segregation of students playing ‘traditional sports’ is a hangover from the 1944 Education Act.

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Neila’s first job in the UK was on the trading floor of a finance company dominated by what she describes as “alpha-males, earning million-pound bonuses”. She was one of only two women on the team and her male colleagues would sometimes try to provoke them by playing pornography on the big screens that should have been showing market data. “I knew the men in the office were looking for a reaction – they wanted to shock me. So I started going home and watching porn videos and DVDs on my own, so I could brush it off in the office.” But Neila quickly got hooked.

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