A League Of Their Own


In Turkey, soccer’s generally considered a men’s sport, unfit for delicate women. However, the Turkish federation has been promoting the idea of women’s soccer, a task that seems to require nail polish and heels.

Erden Or, 33, is the development officer for women’s soccer. In his attempts to get more people on board with girls playing ball, Or has had to “doll up” the game. New logos for the league feature a hand with painted fingernails cupping a soccer ball, and a stiletto heel slapped on a soccer cleat. And while many women are excited to play, many parents feel like the Odabas, whose daughter Selin plays striker: “we were worried that it would affect her posture, her character, even her sexual orientation. We put her in volleyball, in track, but nothing could stop her.” [NYT]

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