Big thanks to Deb for sending this in - very topical!
It had all the ingredients of a classic myth.
The young, astonishingly beautiful blonde hero pitted against the Forces of Evil: AKA King Larry the
Ruthless and his henchmen Ozzie the Spit and Cunning Ainslie.
The little New Zealand battlers versus Wealthy America. And we all loved it. Against all odds it
seemed that our young hero would win.
But of course, as the saying goes; old age and treachery will overcome youth and skill – and so it
unfolded true to form.
The reality is we’ve been sold another male myth with the Americas Cup.
Both teams are middle class white men. Both support crews are comprised mainly of NZers and both
boats were built by NZers in Aotearoa New Zealand.
And our dashing young hero is in fact a very rich man, who will continue to get richer no matter if he
wins or loses, playing with other rich white men’s boats.
While our nation has been feasting on this bloke-fest, a true group of little battlers have succeeded
against all odds on the world stage.
A women’s team, The Football Ferns, claimed a memorable 1-0 victory over Brazil in the Valais Cup
at Chatel-St-Denis a few days ago; making history as the first NZ team to beat world champions
Brazil ever. That’s EVER. It hardly made the news.
So whilst New Zealand prepares the mourning rituals for the guys, let us not forget that we are a
nation of strong women. WE win. We win every time a woman succeeds.
Go you good woman thing! We rock.