These were my unfortunate words when getting frustrated watching the football the other day. It was quickly followed by a shaky: “or a Prince!” whilst nervously looking around to see if anyone had noticed my blunder.
It’s so easy to slip back into unconscious ways of behaving when emotions are involved. I haven’t watched much football over the past year or so because it seems to bring the worst in me out: the irrational, overly-aggressive and emotional person that invests too much in “just a game”.
Jerry Seinfeld said it best: “You’re actually rooting for the clothes, when you get right down to it….You are standing and cheering and yelling for your clothes to beat the clothes from another city”.
I’m not saying that competitive sport is bad at all, I still really enjoy watching and playing it when I can. But it is very tribal, we must admit. And when something is tribal (Us vs. Them), we can fall into the dangerous trap of making statements like the sexist one I did.
It’s not bad to be a princess (or a woman!) is it? I’ve picked that phrase up and used it subconsciously in a negative way for too long. I must do better to call out my own stereotypes that just aren’t true. Will you choose to change the culture?