By Grace O’Malley.
To the Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Thank you for Not Letting Jim Souhan Write about the Women’s World Cup
At the time of the 2006 Men’s World Cup, I was 14 years old.
Despite being pretty wrapped up in my own 14-year-old girl life and only superficially following the Cup, I remember being outraged after reading a column by Jim Souhan titled, “A Dozen Ways To Fix Soccer for the U.S.” I was just entering high school and didn’t know much about feminism or gender equality, but as a soccer player I was deeply offended by Souhan’s “suggestions” about what would make soccer better, which apparently were supposed to be funny.
In order to “make the world a better place,” and have soccer succeed in the American market, he proposed twelve ridiculous improvements, including: