The surging interest in Euro 2022, the Women’s European Championships taking place in England this summer, provides more evidence that we are in a ‘new age’ when it comes to coverage of women’s football. It highlights that much has been achieved in building gender equality in soccer in the UK and beyond. However, numerous recent issues, from questionable stadium choices to high-profile cases of sexual and domestic violence by male players, demonstrate there is still a long way to go, particularly in getting more men to become allies to women and speak out against sexism and misogyny at all levels in the game. In this episode of Now and Men, we talk to Dr Stacey Pope about her extensive research in this area – on issues from attitudes among male fans, to experiences of women in football – which gives vital insights into what the problems are and how things can be changed.
Where Euro 2022 fits in the history of women’s football in England
What the Women’s Euros tell us about gender equality in the game today
Tackling violence against women in football
Stacey’s research on attitudes among male fans towards women’s football
Progressive shifts in masculinities in football
Challenging stereotypes about football fans and working-class masculinities
Stacey’s research on the history of female football fandom
Experiences of women football fans today
Where Stacey’s own interests in football come from
How to build gender equality in the game, including examples from other countries
How men in football can be allies to women
Who will win the Euros!
Just after we recorded the episode, an exciting new campaign was launched by the phone company EE called #HopeUnited #NotHerProblem, featuring several high-profile men and women players challenging sexist and misogynistic abuse online – https://www.eehopeunited.co.uk