BREAKING: The sexes are different.
On Wednesday, the Australian Women’s national soccer team lost a training game in preparation for the Summer Olympics in Rio, Brazil. Here’s the thing: they played against a bunch of 15-year-old boys, the Newcastle Jets, and lost 7-0.
These Aussie women apparently never got the memo that gender is merely a construct. They are exactly the same as men (or 15-year-old boys), after all.
Hilariously, people were actually shocked by the outcome. Assistant Coach Gary van Egmond said that he was “surprised” by the outcome.
“To be honest we didn’t expect that,” he said, adding, “The Jets boys were very good, all credit to them, they moved the ball around very well and were excellent all night.”
It’s common for elite female teams to play against boys’ teams, since finding other female competition up to snuff can be difficult. The Aussie team is rumored to have been “smashed” by boys’ teams in the past, too, namely the Under 16 Sydney FC team last year, per The Daily Mail UK.
Some commentators have defended the Aussie women’s loss, explaining away the 7-0 defeat because not all their starters made it onto the field during the game. But some did.
To be clear, this was the women’s NATIONAL team—as in, the best female soccer players in the entire country. They are even favored to medal in the upcoming Olympics. And their opponents: teenage boys.
But this is not a slight at women, of course. Men (or boys) may be able to kick our butts in a soccer match, but we can carry life in our uteruses (AKA we win). The point being, men and women are different, and that’s okay! It’s actually quite beautiful.