Can Your Boobs Get You Kicked Off A Football Team?

Maddy Paige

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Having boobs can be pretty freaking great – until somebody decides to be a jerk about them, in which case, things can get pretty freaking awful really fast. Case in point? The ridiculous drama that 12-year-old Maddy Paige is facing right now. She has actually been kicked off her school football team because – get this – she’s growing boobs.

Yes, seriously. Maddy is going into seventh grade at Strong Rock Christian School in Locust Grave, Georgia and she’s been playing football since she was in the second grade. She loves the sport and in sixth grade, she was a starting left defensive tackle on the football team at her school – so obviously, she was planning on trying out for the team next year. But that’s not going to happen, because Strong Rock Christian School administrator Patrick Stuart doesn’t want her there.

When Maddy was told that she wasn’t welcome on the team anymore, her mom, Cassy Blythe, went to talk to the school administrator. His reasoning behind his decision? Cassy told WXIA-TV that, “In the meeting with the CEO of the school [Patrick Stuart], I was told that the reasons behind it were one, that the boys were going to start lusting after her and have impure thoughts about her and that the locker-room talk was not appropriate for a female to hear… even though she had a separate locker room from the boys.”

Cassy also said that Patrick Stuart quoted the Bible. She told Fox5 in Atlanta, “He couldn’t find an exact quote of why she couldn’t play. He said the best I can come up with is that men and women are created equal, but different.” Um, okay.

But wait! It gets better! A representative from Strong Rock emailed news agencies with a statement saying, “Our official policy is that middle school girls play girl sports and middle school boys play boy sports.”

Am I missing something? I genuinely do not understand the explanation that Maddy’s mother was given on why she shouldn’t even bother trying out next year. Here’s what it sounds like: either they just don’t want a girl on their team, so their making lame excuses… or they feel like Maddy’s body is going to be distracting to the boys because she’s a girl. It’s probably a combination of both, but either way, it’s completely unfair.

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Girls can play too! | Source: ShutterStock

Cassy sums it up pretty well when she says, ”It shouldn’t be held against Maddy that the boys can’t control their urges and their thoughts. They need to learn how to handle what’s going on with them just like she needs to learn how to handle what’s going on with her, growing up. And I think that it could be a good learning experience for both the boys and any girls that decide to play football.”

I mean, what exactly makes a sport a “girl sport” or a “boy sport?” I don’t understand. Are they trying to say that a girl can’t play football because it’s more male-dominated? That’s a ridiculous thing to say, especially in this day and age where we know full well that a girl can play and enjoy a sport like football. As for the excuse that she shouldn’t hear the locker room talk, that makes no sense – as Cassy points out, Maddy has her own locker room.

Also, why is it fair that Maddy should get punished over thoughts her teammates may or may not be having about her? If the boys are going to “lust after” her, that’s not her fault. As women, we can’t control the fact that we have breasts or butts and it’s not our fault if a guy decides to look at them and become distracted by them. We’ve already discussed how large cleavage can sometimes be more of an obstacle than a blessing – this seems like it’s just another example.

It stinks to see a young girl be left out of something she loves just because her school administrators are sexist. Maddy is devastated over the decision – she loves football so much that her dream is to get a football scholarship for college. That’s obviously not possible if she’s not allowed on the team simply because she’s a girl. Maddy told one news outlet, ”I’m still taking it all in, knowing that I’m not going to be able to have as much as fun as I did last year. But really, it just really, really hurts because knowing that all that fun is going to be taken away just because I’m a girl.”

If you agree that Maddy should be given the chance to play football on her old team, check out the Facebook page her mother created for her called Let Her Play. It’s acting as sort of a petition to get Maddy permission to try out for the team and already has over 11,000 likes at my last count. Like, share and spread her message.

This definitely isn’t the first time that a woman playing football has been treated unfairly simply because she’s a not a man. It’s so unfair and it’s crazy that in 2013, we still have to deal with stuff like this. Maddy should be allowed to try out regardless of what she looks like or what gender she is. Just because she’s a girl doesn’t mean she doesn’t deserve a chance.

Do you think this school decision is ridiculous? Should Maddy be allowed to try out for the football team just like anyone else? Do you like football? Tell us in the comments.

 

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8 Comments

  1. avatarDani says:

    Of course she should be allowed to play!! It is her decision to leave the team if her boobs are getting in the way. Either that or double up on sports bras…. There was never an issue before, and she should still be able to try out. And if the school really wanted her out without making a scene, they should have let her try out and then just say that she didn’t make the team. Whoopsies! But no- they had to make a big fool of themselves. And that quote from the “Bible” wasn’t a quote from the Bible. Google it, and you get a whole bunch of crap that sexist immoral leaders have said. So LET HER PLAY!!!

  2. avatarRose says:

    It would be different if they had the same locker room for all players..then maybe a temporary ban could be understandable… But there is a ton of padding and it’s not like she gonna randomly get DD breasts! They’re not gonna see her in her underwear or anything similar so it’s not any of the kids’ faults! The coach just doesnt want a girl on his team! unless she starts lacking or getting distracted he has no reason to be cut from the team…

  3. avatarashia says:

    If Maddy has to deal with controlling the urges that she probably has towards boys on the team then they should be responsible for control their urges towards her. If they can’t and it screws up with their performance on the team then the coach needs to kick them off.

  4. avatarJohn says:

    Let me ask you this, as a boy am I allowed to try out for the girls soccer team? No, so why the double standard?

    • avatarLolly says:

      In this case, it’s the reason they gave. It’s like telling you you can’t try out for the girls’ soccer team because your developing male body would give them all naughty thoughts, and while we’re at it you ought to keep your delicate self away from their coarse locker-room talk. If they’d kept her off the team because of some greater potential for injury, that would be a little more understandable.

      Best solution: have mixed teams for everything and teach the kids to control their own damn urges.

    • avataranon says:

      most school’s have boys’ soccer as well as girls’ soccer. that would be why. if there was only girls’ soccer, there’s no reason you shouldn’t be able to try out for that.

  5. avatarBeth says:

    This is one of the most ridiculous things I have ever heard. What about gender equality? Girls should be allowed to play the same sports as boys, and alongside them. The idea of there being “girls sports” and “boys sports” is extremely closed minded and sexist. If a girl wishes to play football, why the hell not!? The boys on that team, will in their lives come across girls with boobs believe it or not, they may as well get used to that now. And any rude/ inappropriate comments or talk should be dealt with accordingly; not by kicking Maddy off the team. The boys are just being immature if they focus on such things anyway, they need to be focusing on the game; maybe the coaches etc. should be looking at that!

    Basically Maddy is being punished for absolutely nothing, other than developing, as any other girl does! It is absolutely disgusting that a much loved, healthy hobby is being taken away from her.

    The decision to disallow Maddy to continue in a sport she loves to play, is sexist, disgraceful and unfair!

    • avatarSteven Luo says:

      I like sexists just as much as I like Ebola disease(it’s sarcastic, just in case you don’t know). How gross and ridiculous. Blech. And where is the evidence that “boys are lusting on her.” I do agree that boys have to control their thoughts. I have read about a similar situation, and she was fired because “she was too sexy.” Define “boy sports” and “girl sports.” In my perspective, those two terms are identical in meaning and includes all sports from tennis to basketball to swimming to running. It seems like you ridiculous admins define it differently.

      And even so there’s lusting happening, that’s not the right thing to do. Instead, look for evidence of lusting and if there’s evidence, then talk to the boys instead of kicking her out. There’s no evidence that I see here so beat it.

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