Frivolity or Equality?

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 Everyone should be considered equal, all on a par
Let’s not get so insecure about who or what we are
Do people feel insulted by someone shouting ‘Man Up’?
Even those who wear a double dee cup?

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 Why should we be affronted if we ‘play like a girl’?
‘Cos that now counts as a banned phrase to hurl
What next? Can’t ‘cry like a baby’ or ‘howl like a wolf’
‘Eat like a pig’ or ‘charge like a bull’

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 There’s a thin line twixt abuse and banter
Using common sense should surely be the mantra
We’re all human beings let’s not forget
We should be free to give as good as we get!



A new anti-discrimination guide has been issued to Liverpool FC staff telling them to watch out for fans using ‘unacceptable’ language such as Man Up or Don’t Be A Woman.

Some girls have tattoos, shaved heads and beer bellies, some blokes have ponytails, use moisturiser and have boobs.

We’re all human, get over it.

I’ve been going to league football grounds for 36 years (crikey, here comes the ‘in my day’ bit) and I have never been offended by such a phrase as the examples shown. I’ve witnessed and given great banter in my time, it’s a big part of the enjoyment. What would a game be without the fans? Walking to and from the game, discussing, debating, disagreeing with other fans is a joy to behold; good conversation I had last year was with a completely shell-shocked Villa fan who COULD NOT BELIEVE his team had just beaten Norwich City 4-1. He really was in a daze and just couldn’t take it in, hilarious. Whether we’re male, female, black, white, thin, fat, bald, ginger, young, old, irritating, witty – we all breathe football.

What else is there to say?

Source: https://footballpoets.org/poems/frivolity-or-equality/