Language can be both a unifying and dividing force but the rhetoric of today tends to be dangerously divisive. In times like these, we expect the press to rise above the fray and to incite nuanced and educated discourse.
The use of gendered language and rhetoric in the context of international soccer has resulted in the general international regard for women’s soccer as being secondary to men’s and trivialized in comparison. This undoubtedly has influenced general issues that exist in relation to sexism in the world of soccer and leads us to question how much inequality between the two genders remains within FIFA.
When quarterback Colin Kaepernick decided to protest the treatment of African-Americans and other minority groups in the US by kneeling for the National Anthem, he was met with condemnation. Such reactions force us to reconsider which political displays are deemed “acceptable” in sports and which are not. They also lead us to contemplate whether politics ought to have a presence in the field, in the stands, or in the locker room.