I have to admit this wasn’t on my bucket list.
Actually, the feminist side of me was totally against the idea of watching scantily clad women playing football being exploited for the enjoyment of men.
Even a work colleague was a bit shocked that I would take up the offer of two tickets to go and see the Legends (aka lingerie) Football League.
“Part-time feminist,” he scoffed.
“Yeah, yeah,” I said taking the hit.
The truth is, I wanted to score some brownie points by surprising my partner Brad.
The other reason was to uphold an annual New Year’s resolution to be less judgemental. To actually experience something before having an opinion.
So joining a crowd of about 500 people at Skilled Stadium on the Gold Coast, we went to to see our first LFL game.
First impressions, these girls are FIT! Their barely there outfits give you plenty of opportunity to see for yourself even without a zoom lens.
The first 8 minute quarter is practically a perv fest for the guys in the crowd.
Camera phones at the ready they don’t even notice a game is being played. In fact I don’t think their eyes stray beyond the sidelines.
But a few big hits later and suddenly the focus turned to the field.
I have to admit, I didn’t think this would be a hard game.
I was wrong.
The players give it 110 percent, throwing their blood, sweat and tears into every tackle.
There are fights too, big ones.
Yes there is a certain amount of theatre to this game, the players yell abuse from the sidelines and the coaches throw hissy fits, but that’s entertainment.
The only issue we had with sitting in the first couple of rows, we couldn’t actually see past the buns of steel on the sideline to the game being played. But I didn’t hear too many men complaining. Actually make that none.
So what if they are wearing the equivalent of a bikini.
We don’t bat an eyelid at female volleyball players, swimmers, divers, gymnasts or track athletes who perform their sports in similar attire.
Just like I would support any woman who chooses to be a stay at home mum, an astronaut, a boxer or a dancer if this is what makes them happy and they enjoy playing the game then so be it.
That’s the new feminist side of me.
I am not saying I am going to become a season ticket holder or anything but as a sport it was certainly entertaining and I would go again.
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