Girls on the Gridiron 1


I half  laughed, half cringed when I saw this recent Time Out Chicago cover story about lingerie football.  It wasn’t that long after I had finished talking to several players from the Chicago Force about how they wish ESPN would drop their coverage of this fake, sexist “sport” in favor of actual women’s football.

Because the women of the Chicago Force do play football.  Real football, with tackling, and hitting, and all the brutality and passion you’d expect from the sport. There are over forty players on the Force of all ages, races and backgrounds, none of whom are paid to play the game but all of whom play at the highest levels of competition.

In this piece, four members of the team describe what it’s like to be a woman in a man’s game.