I remember at playtime in primary school, the girls played jump rope, while the boys played football, then one day, a girl decided to play football with us; we were around the age of 9. The boys stopped her from playing because she was a girl and that’s it; no further explanation was needed – but she played on regardless. From a young age, it has been engrained in us how boys and girls should behave, and any behaviour deviating from the “norm” will be discriminated against. Where did we learn this behaviour from?
Melissa Henry’s goal is not to challenge stereotypes; but to redefine and empower people to live a healthy and active lifestyle, with her self-made brand, Her Royal Thighness. During our conversation, Her Royal Thighness, Melissa, touched on women in sports, binge eating, the perception of women and their bodies, and why it’s important for them to feel comfortable.
American football is not typically associated with British sports to partake in, especially for girls & women.
American Football is now the biggest growing sport in the UK, and the UK women’s league have around 15 teams. Needless to say, it is still a sport people are surprised to hear about in this country. I love the fact that it works both my body and mind and as a team it welcomes pretty much everyone. There is no ideal shape or weight for American Football, whether you’re tall, short, large or slim; there is a position for you in the sport, and so it brings together a diverse group of people which I think keeps it interesting and more family-like.
“So many young women go through eating disorders and body confidence issues on their own, and I think secondary schools are a great place to start encouraging them to think differently about themselves.”
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