• Mon, Jun 24 2013

12-Year-Old Girl Kicked Off Football Team Because She Might Give Her Male Teammates ‘Impure Thoughts’

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In this age of Title IX and female empowerment, it’s hard to believe that any girl would be denied her right to engage in the same athletic activities as her male classmates. But for one pigskin-punting young girl in Georgia, that discrimination remains a reality. And the reason her Christian school gave for it was undeniably gross.

12-year-old Strong Rock Christian School student Maddy Paige has been playing football since the second grade and dreams of someday winning a football scholarship to college. Up until recently, she played alongside the boys in the junior football league the school has for its younger students, and held her own, too. But Maddy entered middle school recently, and you all know what that means: she went from a respected teammate to a tempting, beautiful sex object, sullying her male teammates’ virtue with every step she took. So naturally, her school kicked her off the team.

According to Maddy’s mother Cassy Blythe, the school was totally open about the messed up reasoning behind its decision. “In the meeting with the CEO of the school [Patrick Stuart], I was told that the reasons behind it were one, that the boys were going to start lusting after her and have impure thoughts about her and that the locker-room talk was not appropriate for a female to hear even though she had a separate locker room from the boys,” she told Fox 5 News in Atlanta.

This begs the question of why simply going to class with girls is okay for these boys, but playing sports with them is a bridge too far. Also, as I have said time and time again, designating women as the gatekeepers of male sexuality contributes to a victim-blaming culture in which “boys will be boys” and it’s the girl’s responsibility to guard herself from their natural impulses. Cool with raising rapists? Feel free to ignore this fact.

Maddy’s mom gets this, and articulated it wonderfully to Fox 5:

“I think it’s absolutely ridiculous. It shouldn’t be held against Maddy that the boys can’t control their urges and their thoughts. They need to learn how to handle what’s going on with them just like she needs to learn how to handle what’s going on with her growing up, and I think it could be a good learning experience for both the boys and any girls that decide to play at the school.”

A Facebook page has since been set up in support of Maddy (and all female athletes), and public outcry and media coverage are mounting, so there may be hope yet. I’ll leave you with this inspirational little message from Maddy herself (excerpted):

When I was told my gender would prevent me from continuing my dream I was crushed. I felt like my heart fell on the floor and the school stomped on it. I worked hard to earn my spot and I deserve to play. I will never allow someone to tell me I can’t do something I’ve already proved I can do. I might be young but don’t think that will stop me. My voice will be heard and I will fight for what is right.

There are other people who have been in my position since the beginning of time. Those people took a stand. I will follow them and take my stand. I have the strength to push forward and fight for what is right. I have the power to fight for those who will follow in my footsteps. I have the courage to show the world that athletes deserve better.

You show ‘em, girl!

(Via Buzzfeed)

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  • MCR

    “This begs the question of why simply going to class with girls is okay for these boys…”

    Don’t give them any ideas. Some of these people may not be 100% sold on female literacy as it is.

  • LuAnn Valentine

    I think this is the same thinking of the Taliban towards women, which is why they have to cover themselves up.

    • Troy McCormick

      I thought the Afghans just has some stoopid muslim rule against tablecloth hangers so they use women instead?

    • Mike Rasberry

      Problem is women, and apparently some men, seem to think there is little difference between the sexes. Maybe you all should move to California where they’re trying to allow boys and girls to use the same restrooms and shower facilities.

  • Troy McCormick

    Who would wanna fuck that ugly little dyke anyways? School has NOTHING to worry about besides any pig-aroused bestiality types, but those are probably in the rectory #zing

    • Ollie_Cat

      Could you maybe… not be a dick? Or do you sympathize too much with the male administrators in this article? #zingyourself

    • Troy McCormick

      Stop being so misandric, I demand to be called a cunt and I will accept noting less, you hear me!?

    • Carolina Cornejo

      i hope you are being a troll since i can se that you are a supporter of gay marrige.

    • Troy McCormick

      You are close, I am against gay marriage personally but I think they are great for those who wish to enter into them. Nevertheless I do sincerely believe that girl is a lesbian and ugly as a sow and the school’s worries are ludicrous. I also don’t think women have a place on a men’s football team, men have very few arena’s in which they can be themselves without having to worry about the though police, it’s absurd enough women have the right to be in an NFL locker room and that men cannot be naked in them anymore, this is just insanity.

    • disqus_270jw7nwQX

      Troy is a siisy boy!

    • Joe Bock

      Thistype of terrible language and thoughts SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED ANYWHERE, especially on the internet. SHAME ON THIS GOOFBALL AND THIS WEBSITE FOR ALLOWING IT. HORRENDOUS. DISPICABLE.

    • John Smith

      You are advocating for censorship of free speech. If you don’t like our Constitution, then by all means leave this country and never come back.

    • Joe Bock

      I am not advocating for censhorship, U COMPLETE MORON. What the f is ur effin problem, r u STUPID? R U AN IDIOT OR A COMPLETE MORON? I am simply stating that vulgar language by idiots and morons is abusive and should be monitored and not allowed. The MORON, that made the statements knows NOTHING about anyone invovled, or the situation and was just being vulgar, abusive and repulsive.Also, callous. That should be censored, MORONS THAT KNOW NOTHING.The constitution wasn’t written to allow MORON STUPIDITY. Our forefathers had compassion and love for our fellow human beings. WHY DON’T YOU LEAVE THE COUNTRY, YOU MORON?

    • Michael Stant

      Another idiot has been introduced to the world. Thanks Troy for proving to the world that you are stupid.

  • Ed

    Have her change schools, or play on a private team. Thats ridiculous. Go get em Maddy!

  • David

    Impure thoughts. In related news, the school head said that tonight they’re gonna party like it’s 1499…

  • disqus_270jw7nwQX

    Must be the school CEO who is having the impure thought of a little girl….

  • Tommy Tuttle

    Right. So the boys are thinking impure thoughts, and the first thing to do is… blame the girl?

  • AKJ

    she sould not be on the team

    • kmrod

      why?

  • Jessica R. Abbit

    Maddy, I am so sorry that this “christian” school is not showing you the love of Christ that they ought to. Please do not let this experience embitter you in your own faith. Be strong & courageous! And fight for the right to compete in your chosen sport.

  • meez

    When boys can play on a girls team without getting insulted then we can talk about this.

    I can’t make the men’s tennis tour, but I might be able to make the women’s tour. Will they let me? Nope. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander. Wait, that must not be true because it doesn’t advance feminism. It’s only what’s good for THEM. Screw everyone else.

    Is that fair? I bet you this won’t get posted because the person approving this post won’t like the message, thus it’s OK to remove. Double standards. That’s why no one likes feminists or whiny women these days.

    • chr1ssy34

      Wrong…..you need to compare apples to apples. If there was only ONE tennis team yes you could play as a male! Males play field hockey on women’s teams in many communities etc. She isn’t trying to play on a male team when there is a female team. There is NO female team.

    • Eric Mathis

      Can you please tell me what communities these are where boys play girls Field Hockey, I am very interested to know.

    • Matthew
    • BillyR1234

      I totally agree with you Meez, finally someone with some common sense. I’m sure these libtards are going to say it’s discrimination now if she isn’t allowed to play a man’s game. She should try softball, or some other woman’s activity. Heck, I tried to get a shkolarchip to my state college for woman’s basketball, and they won’t even let me tryout – feminism at it’s finest. I know that I coulda done good on the team too, because I have easily 150 lbs on all of them. But it’s all about THEM (as we know).

      I for one am SO sick of women trying to be in places where they DO NOT belong. The thing is these feminist whiners will for sure even delete my post too, because of them god dang commies in the government trying to make every damn thing sexual harassment. I tell you brother, back in the day things were better, life in this country was pure. Now it’s all going to heck cuz of them aluminum-nazis, or whatever that elitist group calls itself.

    • Johhny

      Billy, you are par tof the problem. Women should have the right and be allowed to play any sport they wish if they can make the team. What, is you precious ego gonna be hurt if a female is better than your sorry butt? Get a life dude.

    • Mike Rasberry

      Johnny, No, you part of the problem, along with the others who continually try to make women more masculine, and men more feminine. YOu really DO need a life.

    • Randy

      If you read it, you will see that she won the position. It doesn’t look like she thought she should be on the team because she is female. It sounds to me like she tried out and beat some of the boys to make the squad… This isn’t about feminism, or girl power… This is about hipocracy in organized religion!

  • The BeraKuda

    first off, she has shoulder pads , a shirt, football pants so what is there to see? 2nd, is it not the responsibility of these boys to control their desires, I wonder if this so called CEO really knows his bible: Rom 6:12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts.
    Rom 6:13 Do not yield your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but yield yourselves to God, as one alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.
    Rom 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under Law, but under grace. this is just one instance where we are cajoled to control ourselves.

    so according to these words these boys need to reign in their hormones. don’t try to throw blame on the young lady. as a former youth pastor I had to deal with the raging hormones of both boys and girls and it is not easy, but place the blame where it lies, with you mr. CEO, start teaching these boys to respect themselves and respect the young ladies.

    Or is it possible you have the problem CEO and not the boys? What do you do when your female employees dress a little to provocative, blame the guys….
    impure thoughts are on the thinker not the object of their thoughts. oh yeah i will end with this verse…
    2Co 10:5 [Inasmuch as we] refute arguments and theories and reasonings and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God; and we lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One), Again controlling ourselves to not be like the dog in heat who goes after any and every female….

    • Mike Rasberry

      This epitomizes Biblical illiteracy.

  • MEG

    YOU PEOPLE AT THAT SCHOOL MAKE ME WANT TO PUKE

  • jojo

    well she might

  • Robert W Sullivan

    Ayatolla Patric Stewart is the epitomy of what is wrong with religious institutions and in fact most religions all together. They promote the big lie that women cannot be equal to men.
    I don’t doubt this girl and her parents pay for going to this “Christian” school. I know if I were in their position this would be the last year I gave any support to this institution, or the church[s] that operate it. I would hope her peers would feel the same way.

  • Baseball 101

    There is a reason why we separate the teams by gender. It’s bc of the locker rooms. You should be able to shower with your teammates and not feel uncomfortable. Having to shower with someone from the opposite sex or sexual orientation would be awkward. Denying them the right to play is wrong, but forcing the majority of the players to undress and shower next to someone who might be physically attracted them, to accommodate a slim minority, is wrong too.

    • deekoo

      … Except that the article mentions they already have a separate locker room for girls.

    • Mike

      Locker rooms have nothing to do with it. Men are stronger and faster than women. It would be unfair for a woman to compete head to head with a man. They are separate at the professional level for a reason. Occasionally, there is a woman with enough ability to try and compete, but that’s about it.

    • Le Batteur

      And how do we know that one of these young men or women aren’t homosexual and are having “impure thoughts” of their fellow teammates? I’m sure that would throw that “CEO” for a loop.

      SEGREGATE EVERYBODY. NOBODY LOOK AT EACHOTHER. IT’S IMPURE.

  • sandy

    girls have NO place on the boys football team. I for one am SO sick and tired of girls having to cross boundaries where they DO NOT belong. When will this end? Will girls demand uranals in the girls bathroom too- because the boys have them???

  • rich08854 .

    The only person with “Impure thoughts” is Patrick Stuart.. more wacko right wing religious nutcases running a school… they should be all fired.. non of them have the common sense that GOD gave them!

    • Mike Rasberry

      Typical liberal idiocy.

  • Liz

    1981 I tried to be on the football team of my High School in Marysville WA… Same dang thing happened to me… not pretty so many years later….

  • C

    Time to get a girls football league …. Run a petition and see how many girls would play …. That why they dont have to worry about it .. They can have fun playing the game just like boys do….

    • Mike

      They already have one, The Professional Lingerie League. This little girl is just to young to participate!
      If there were enough young girls that wanted to paly football, I’m sure a league could be started. My guess is there aren’t enough girls that want to do that.

  • MisterA

    If this girl and her mother don’t want to deal with dated and sexist ideologies, then why are they attending this Christian school? Nobody is forcing them to do so. Their belief system is one that would happily oppress plenty of other people… why exactly do they expect to be immune to this oppression? Just go to a different school. There are plenty of private schools that stand for equality and progress. Just go to one of those.

    • tommy tong

      Not all christian schools are like that Mister A stupid person.

  • Chris

    People, please stop making this about sexism and female rights and all that, just save it. Believe me, they are doing it for the sake of the girl here. I’ve been on a football team with a girl and it’s never fun for them. The guys don’t treat her the same, she is excluded in a lot of the activities because of her girl problems, and is subject to much embarrassment. It’s a lonely place being the only girl on a football team, and no girl should have to go through that. Trust me when I say it’s best if she wasn’t on the team anyway.

  • Eric Mathis

    When boys are allowed to play on girls teams then and only then should girls be allowed on boys teams. All the rest of the excuses are B.S..

    • Mike

      As soon as they have an all girls football team, we can have the conversation. Girls can play soccer, softball, run track, golf, tennis, basketball etc. There are no opportunities for girls to play football, so what choice does she have but to play on the boys team. If she’s not good enough, she shouldn’t play. If she is, why not let her play?

  • Ken Laurent

    I am a wrestling coach, and I coached several girls over the years. While I could not know the thoughts of the boys insofar as their ‘purity’ (no more than I could know their thoughts in the classroom), in every instance the girls were treated with respect.

  • jlombardi63

    Christian School. Now there is an oxymoron!

  • vmk

    This just in: Girl chooses to attend oppressive school with oppressive values, and then finds herself feeling oppressed. Outrage ensues.

  • CJK5H

    These people aren’t “Christians;” they are just ignorant, fearful idiots.

  • BillyR1234

    I totally agree with you Meez, finally someone with some common sense. I’m sure these libtards are going to say it’s discrimination now if she isn’t allowed to play a man’s game. She should try softball, or some other woman’s activity. Heck, I tried to get a shkolarchip to my state college for woman’s basketball, and they won’t even let me tryout – feminism at it’s finest. I know that I coulda done good on the team too, because I have easily 150 lbs on all of them. But it’s all about THEM (as we know).

    I for one am SO sick of women trying to be in places where they DO NOT belong. The thing is these feminist whiners will for sure even delete my post too, because of them god dang commies in the government trying to make every damn thing sexual harassment. I tell you brother, back in the day things were better, life in this country was pure. Now it’s all going to heck cuz of them aluminum-nazis, or whatever that elitist group calls itself.

  • Billy Hyawe

    Good idea to kick her off the team. Those boys need to concentrate on the game.

  • Colonel Tom

    This is a more difficult question than many seem to think. For some, it is an issue of discrimination or fairness. For some it is an issue of safety. For some it concerns the integrity of the game (will a boy be as willing to hit a girl as hard as he would a boy?). I will admit to having grown up in a different age where I feel a little protective to girls/women and do not feel they should be involved is sports such as football; however, if there is no girl’s team, if she is medically cleared as being safe to play and she makes the team there should not be a problem. A 12 year old girl dressed in a football uniform will give the boys impure thoughts? If this is the case, the school has bigger problems than its sports programs. If the school offers a women’s team, then fine, if they don’t, then she should have to right to compete. But, she should be medically cleared and if there is a medical or any other liability issue the school should have a right to reject her ability to play. Just because she is female should not force the school to accept a greater expense or risk. But, impure thoughts?!!! is this a Taliban school or a Christian school?

  • Mike Rasberry

    Point is, this is a “private school.” If she wants to play football, let her go to public school. BTW/ Boys and girls are sexually excited in different ways despite your attempts to make it appear that both are the same except they use the bathroom differently, and have different shapes.

  • rich08854 .

    Mike, you must be related to Mitch McConnel