In Literacy class I wrote an article talking about Gender problem that still happens in Cambodia.
WHY can’t girls play football?
A Cambodian mother once said, “girls can’t play football because they are weak, and football is not for girls.” Cambodian girls can’t play football is known from their society, community, and family. A lot of parents in Cambodia won’t allow their daughters to play a sport such as a football, even though it is currently popular in Cambodia. Even though the thought of that perspective; girls can’t play football, had changed over time. In the present time, there are still a lot of families that are not allowing their daughters to play football.
Cambodia society sees girls are weaker than boys so there are no reasons of girls playing football. Parents would say, because they love their daughters that is why they won’t allow girls to play football. They think that football is a dangerous sport and they don’t want girls to get hurt. Another reason is that Cambodian have this mindset of girls should stay home and do all the cooking so girls don’t have time to play football. Also, they don’t want their daughter to be a black sheep because no girls play football The mindset of, “football is NOT a game for girls” still happen in Cambodia.
Savannu Pich stated, “My parent won’t allow me to play football because they think I am too weak to even play football, girls should stay at home to do chore so they can’t go out and play football and girls have no potential to play football well as boys.”
Sreyneang Oun said, “ The reason that my parents won’t allow her to play football is that football is not famous so there is no point of play sport that is not known by some people.”
Dalin Sao stated, “My parents won’t allow me to play football because football can cause injury which might affect my look, and I might get bullied by other people when I am not good at play football. ”
Around 10 years before this, Cambodian girls here are not allowed to walk and make loud sounds because if their neighbors hear it, they would think that, Cambodian girls are not a Cambodian girls that the society wanted. This is also parts of the reasons that parents in Cambodia are not allowing their daughters to play football.
In the last 10 years, some girls are not allowed to play football because of the action of boys in the society. Parents think that boys who play football usually do poorly in school that is why they don’t want girls to do the same. Also, the parents think that if they have a football team they would turn into a gang that no one wants those girls to be.
All those perspective by Cambodian parents, “girls are not allowed to play football” is still happening in Cambodia currently. Parents do that because their perspective on this sport is that it is dangerous and girls should play it.