Women's Football Essay

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People often do not acknowledge women sports as much as men's sports. From the time of early Olympics, the role of women in sports and games was neglected. The end of the 19th century and turn of the 20th century saw the rising interest of women in sports both as participants and spectators. And for many years, women have been looking to be taken seriously in sports the same way men are. Compared to men's sports, most women’s sports are newer and that’s one of the main reasons for them not getting the recognition they deserve. But the world of sports has begun to see how women's sports can be just as interesting and exciting as men's sports can be. One of the newest popular women’s sports is American football. Men’s football has been traced back to the 1800s with the NFL being formed in 1920. It took over a century for women’s football to get its foot in the door. The now defunct NWFA (National Women’s Football Association) began in 2000. Other leagues followed such as the IWFL (Independent Women’s Football League), WFA (Women’s Football Alliance), the Women’s Spring Football League, and a handful of others. Also, there are a couple of arena leagues. The most popular one is the Lingerie Football League. This league in particular is the most mainstream of all the women’s leagues due to it being broadcasted on MTV2. It is also because instead of full pads, uniforms, and helmets, like the girls in all the other leagues wear, these girls wear only bras, panties, (ice hockey-style) helmets, knee pads, and shoulder pads. This seems to take the focus off of the actual game itself and put it on ogling half naked girls tackling each other. League founder Mitchell S. Mortaza has himself stated that the league is marketed “mostly towards beer-drinking college students aged 21 and up.”* While the other women’s leagues play by NFL rules, the LFL’s structure

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