17 July 2006

Stepping Out

I'm sure you're all wondering if this blog will be angst infused, but I'm happy to inform you it will NOT be. I've since exorcised all demon and am ready to take on another week. Although I know I'll be faced with many unknowns, the one known I can rely on is that whatever I'm faced with can only affect me for as long as I allow it. With that thought in mind, I guess I'm back to my usual state of being and will march on.
I don't know if any of you know that there is a professional women's football association. It's on the same level as the WNBA, but it doesn't seem to have generated the same following as women's basketball. I'm actually not a football fan, well, not American football anyway. (You all know I'm English...lol) But I have found myself interested in women's football. It's mainly because a good friend's daughter plays for the DC Divas and they have dominated the league by winning the championship and making it to the playoffs. Check out their website for additional information. www.dcdivas.com. The team consists of doctors, lawyers, firewomen, police; you name it. They play in full gear as men, but I think their field is a little smaller; however, I don't recommend underestimating them though. They are very impressive and could probably give some men a run for their money.
The season will end July 22 as the DC Divas take on the Columbus Comets. Unfortunately, my friend's daughter will be unable to play due to a broken arm, but I'm hoping that the Divas will remain undefeated and take home the playoff trophy.
I think it's impressive that women are doing things to prevent themselves from being defined by unrealistic societal standards or by chauvinistic standards. I do still uphold some traditional values such as cooking (can't think of many others at the moment), but not being limited to someone else's view of how a woman should be is great. I think the women who are playing football are trailblazers. Danica Patrick is another fine example of women stepping out of the box http://www.danicaracing.com/. Let's teach our daughters; in fact all women, that they can be more than a societal dictation.

9 comments:

Zeek59 said...

I think that everyone - male and female alike - should be what ever it is that they would like to be. No stereo typical confinements. After all, most households require both spouses to work. It might as well be something you like to do as opposed to something that society expects you to do.

BluJewel said...

Love your comment! I disagree with so many stereotypes; though like I said, there are some that in spite of being seemingly outdated I am in favor of. I hope that we will all be more about ourselves instead of conforming.

blaqrayne said...

This day and age has a lot of drama and BS, but one good thing is that many stereotypes have been broken and people are free to be. If a woman wants to be a firefighter or football player, I think it's great that those opportunities are available now. And it's also beautiful to see that a man can be a "house husband" without being looked upon as less than a man.

Btw, I enjoy Women's Football. Hopefully, everyone will jump on board and the league will develop a nice following.

JC said...

I dont know about this one. I think it's good that we are stereotypical in some ways. Yeah, I agree that we shouldn't confine people into a box, but there are some things that should remain a little traditional. I guess I wanna know that the girl I'm with needs me for certain things and I need her for certain things.

Hawa Bond said...

jc... I tend towards your opinion. I believe that somewhere along the line, "stereotype" and "good traditional values" got mixed. As a woman, I can see where the fight to get away from certain values has landed us in some stressful positions. Some of it was good, but some of it has had a horrible effect on relationships and families.

blaqrayne said...

JC and Hawa have good points. I like to be in a position where having a man do things for me is a want, but not necessarily a need. For instance, if my tire goes flat, I have no problem being traditional and asking my boyfriend to fix it, but if I have to or want to do it myself, I can and will and that shouldn't be a diss to him.

BluJewel said...

I don't typically go back into the comments as often as I have this one, but the comments in this one have stirred a great dialog. It seems the consensus is that while it's nice to have someone do some of the more traditional things for us, it shouldn't be a necessity. Thanks all for your thought provoking responses.

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