“New” Sport Defense: Sofia Likes it Rough

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Floor Ball - credit Bengt Nyman

In southern Sweden, a coach for a floorball team of 14-year old guys, is teaching these boys three types of defense: Petra, Jennifer and Sofia. Yes, girl’s names. Inspired by (says the coach) the Samuel L. Jackson movie Coach Carter , the boys are supposed to learn different defense tactics by comparing them to how you are “supposed” to treat different girls. Petra likes it rough; “In bed, you can tear her clothes apart and spank her butt“, reads one of the tactic cards that the coach has written. The cards further read that “Petra gets eager when you’re aggressive …” and “Release the monster, release Petra.” “Sofia likes to dress provocative” and by “making out and groping her in the right positions we will get the optimal result”. The boys are also taught that “Jennifer needs to be treated lovingly, be hugged and taken care of”.

the tactic called "Petra" - credit Aftonbladet

It’s needless (I hope) to point out that it’s despicable to talk about girls/women in this way, and to teach it to 14 year old boys. The Swedish floorball association’s chairperson Jane Andersson said to Swedish television (SVT):”This is without a doubt sexist material and completely against what the sports movement stands for,” But when the club’s Vice Chairman was asked if there would be any repercussions for the coach, the answer was: “We haven’t discussed that. This is a very good coach who made a big mistake.” Really? I agree he made a big mistake, a huge mistake, enormous even – but good coach? Actually, I take that back. A mistake is stepping on bus 45 when you were supposed to get on bus 12, forgetting that you’re lactose intolerant and buy a huge milkshake with whipped cream on top – it is not a mistake when you work out a strategy for your team, print it out, and then teach it to said team. That takes way too much thought and planning to be allowed to be called a mistake. Strategies might be good or bad, more or less successful, but they’re not mistakes.

The coach himself told Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet: “My formulations were really stupid and I deeply regret it. I took the tactic from American movies, but it was a big mistake. This is nothing that neither the association, I nor my players stand behind and I really want to apologize to everyone who was offended. I’ve learned my lesson.” So we are now supposed to believe that the coach worked out a strategy that he doesn’t stand behind, because it was pointed out to him that it was inappropriate? It baffles me that he wasn’t fired, and that there will be no consequences what so ever for his actions. Not only did the coach teach the boys to treat women like sex objects, but now the whole club is teaching these 14 year olds that you can behave completely immoral and sexist towards women, and nothing more will happen than that you have to say you’re sorry. That’s it. Welcome to the world boys.

 Now, please tell me one more time how great it is to be a woman in the West. Please tell me that Sweden is the so-called Mecca of gender equality, and please tell me that feminism today is useless because we have nothing left to fight for.

Source: Aftonbladet

2 thoughts on ““New” Sport Defense: Sofia Likes it Rough

    Carolyn G said:
    January 20, 2012 at 17:26

    We have come a long way but boy do we need more to go

      Jennifer Larancuent responded:
      January 22, 2012 at 23:27

      We sure do, Carolyn – a lot more…

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