I saw Dani today and she told me she had read my post about women’s hockey. She told me I was wrong to write about women’s hockey the way I did and that as a woman, I am supposed to celebrate women’s participation in everything from voting to hockey to peeing standing up.
And as it were, I have seen the error of my ways.
Women’s hockey is not only awesome; it is a game of skill. The women are barely allowed to touch each other. (Except in case of a goal when touching is very much recommended.) They are not allowed to ram each other or push each other or even pull each others’ hair. They have to follow every single rule and have tremendous skill and be in great physical condition.
Whereas in men’s hockey, it’s all a question of how much steak you can eat. The one who weighs the most is also the one who gets to take the puck. And I don’t think I have ever seen a male hockey player skate all the way across the ice without being rammed by someone along the way and stopping for a power nap on the ice. I’m not even sure they’re in good enough shape to skate all the way from one goal to the other.
Dani was right. Women rule. And shouting “Quick, give the girl a Barbie!” when a female hockey player fell on the ice, was very wrong of me. I will never do it again. And with that in mind, I now sit down with a huge bowl of popcorn to watch some hockey. Male hockey this time. Finland vs USA.
Let the games begin. *