Sweden’s best wants to change the views on football
Article by Max Wiman, published on November 28, 2011
The French words, when she’s talking to the waitress, flow as unhindered as her runs on the pitch and it becomes natural to ask: Do you feel more French or Swedish?
— Swedish! There are things here concerning gender equality and women’s issues that I will never understand.
Lotta Schelin was actually about to say “au revoir”. For a couple of hours we have been walking around in Lyon and had coffee in the most French environment imaginable. We have discussed the feelings around getting the Diamond Ball (Swedish Player of the Year award) for a second time, football successes 2011 in the league, in Champions League and in the World Cup, and also talked about the future.
Then Lotta takes us back fourty years.
— Here in France they ask questions that no longer exist in Sweden. We reflect, they do not. The fixation with appearances is so deeply rooted it is considered normal here, as a compliment.
”Garçon manqué” is an expression that makes Lotta Schelin see red.
— It means something like “tomboy”. In a TV interview the first question I got was what I did to retain my femininity in a sport for ”garçon manqué”.
All the way into the club, where the President so purposely has ventured on the women, Lotta Schelin sees the differences.
— When they did a campaign to market the club, there was a girl in the form of a paper doll. She had nothing to do with the team, they had found her in the office, model-like, busty. Then I hit the roof, but not a damn person reacted.
At the same time Lotta Schelin loves both the city of Lyon and the club that she has been representing for the past four years.