Dont Count Me Out When It Comes to Sports Just Cuz I'm A Girl Ruby Karp

Ruby's Corner Week 3: be Your Hero

Ruby’s Corner Week 3: Boys and How They See Girls

I love to play football. I love running back and forth, I love catching the ball and I love how much fun it is. In grade school, I played football every single day with my friends, boys mostly. I’m in middle school these days and when I’ve asked the boys “Can I play football with you?” they’ve said to me, “No, you’re a lame girl that cant throw for heck.”

OH REALLY?! What made these boys think they are so powerful that they can say to any girl that she stinks at sports? I throw way better than half of those boys and I don’t have a problem with getting hurt. I have a problem with being excluded because I’m a girl. And they’ve never seen me play because they wouldn’t let me play with them! So the other day in gym, the teacher and I were throwing a football back and forth. The boys noticed us and said, “Wow, Ruby, you are really good at football!”

IT TOOK YOU NINE WHOLE MONTHS TO REALIZE THAT?! No. NO! Sometimes I feel like boys base everything they think about girls on how we’re portrayed in movies, television, magazines… you get the picture! Boys need to realize that movies are movies and not real life. In real life, girls are as good as boys, girls can do the things that boys can do in every single way, girls are funny and smart and awesome! Boys need to realize that girls are here too!

Today at recess they came up to me and were like, “Want to play football with us?” I asked if my (girl) friends could play. They said, “No, just you.” I went right up in their faces and went, “Ye- NO!”

And it annoyed me for a lot of reasons but mostly because they haven’t learned anything. Don’t worry, I’ll work on that too. ;-)

P.S.

Girls have been interested in the playing field for a long time, check this out (it hasn’t been updated since 2001, grrr)

And I like that this girl was like, no way

And there’s also a football camp for girls

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  6. Love this picture Ruby! Might have to steal that look from ya. Wish I was good at sports. You go kick their butts with that arm of yours. :)

  7. A friend of mine had the same problem with soccer when she was growing up, she used to play in the local teams with the boys, but once she got to about 13 she was not allowed to play any more because she was a girl! It sucks that this sort of stuff still happens.

  8. I’m definitely not good at football! I actually don’t like any rough sports because I don’t want to get hurt/dirty, etc. But if you enjoy then you go girl! You should be able to do what you want! I hate when boys think they’re better than girls at sports (or anything, really!). We can do anything they can, and maybe even better sometimes! At least it seems like the boys in your class are learning…slowly! They now realize that you’re good; they just need to learn to give all girls a chance!

  9. You mom has obviously done an incredible job raising you. Awesome mom, awesome daughter. Keep playing and keep writing, Ruby!

  10. This is EXACTLY ME. Except it wouldn’t be football. It would be kickball or baseball or something. They exclude all my friends and I.

  11. Keep being awesome Ruby!

  12. Boys dont like girls playing “their” sports for 2 reasons: or they think we’re weak or they’re afraid of loosing for a girl haha. I can tell, i love boxing, i used to practice w/ a lot of boys and i had to prove them that im not made of glass. They dont like the idea that sometimes “WE can DO better” ;) loved your post Ruby!, xo

  13. You go girl, show ‘em! :-)

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