london 2012 olympic soccer

anonymous asked:

Ah, yes, I remember 2002, when our men got the second rank in the Fifa World Cup. A year later, 2003, our women became world champion and barely anyone mentioned it because "we only made the second place". 2007 barely anyone mentioned it. Everyone was still pissed about us "only making it to the third place" a year before. In 2014 everyone was so happy because the men won and we became champions and I was like "we already were, twice in a row, your misogyny made you miss it"

In a similar fashion, Japan made news because they flew their male soccer players to the London 2012 Olympics in business class, while the women’s team were flown in premium economy (and that premium economy was given as a bonus for winning the Women’s World Cup the year before). Guess which team won the gold medal (the women’s team was flown back to Japan in business as a result) and which didn’t even make it to the podium at all (also flown back in business because that’s just how it goes here)? The Japanese Football Association’s reasoning was that the men are professional league players, while the women are only semi-pro. However, this is due to the women’s team having fewer sponsors, less funding and a smaller fanbase, so the players can’t afford to be full time professionals while the men can. The JFA says that the women’s team has to earn their upgrades while the men are given them no matter what. Basically, women’s teams have to be much more successful than male teams to get equal perks, and even at that, they have to keep proving themselves repeatedly because everyone’s too distracted by the shittier male team to pay attention and follow winners because we’ve been conditioned to discount women playing typically “male” sports.