England Lionesses fans want nickname changed to ‘Lions’

Lionesses fans have criticized calls to rename the team the Lions over allegations that the name is sexist, arguing that the Lionesses are harder workers than their male counterparts. This includes Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries.

Sarina Wiegman’s side qualified for Sunday’s Euro 2022 Championship final at Wembley, but it seems not all fans are happy with the way the team is portrayed in media accounts of their impressive performance.

The controversy began on Wednesday morning (July 27) during a discussion on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour program when a listener questioned the use of the nickname ‘Lionesses’.

The listener’s remarks drew criticism from politicians and social media users.

Nadine Dorries, the culture secretary, called the idea of ​​renaming the Lionesses “nonsense” in an interview with LBC this morning.

“No one”, she launched to Nick Ferrari. Absurdity. They are our lionesses, and I love everything that word sums up.

In her statement, she claimed that after spending a year in Africa, she was aware that “lions are the lazy ones, who stay in the sun all day.”

The lionesses take care of the cubs and all the pride, Ms Dorries continued. They don’t just go out and bring the food.

Therefore, I’m proud to call them lionesses and I actually think they should be called lionesses.

“Call them lions? Sorry, but that’s not gonna happen, at least not to me.

The word “encapsulates so many powerful, positive and good things,” she continued.

Why would some people try to denigrate something so fantastic and positive about women’s football in such a way?

Sunday evening, “the girls go to Wembley”.

Why would anyone, including the media, want to start criticizing such a great event and a team of women who performed so well?

“We should all be proud of them, proud of the lionesses title and name and celebrate it,” she said in closing.

Not everyone who objected to the suggestion was as outspoken as Nadine Dorries.

Anita Asante, a former footballer, defended the nickname on the BBC show and even laughed when Barnett suggested changing it to Lions.

The defender, who has 71 caps, claimed it was “one of those things” and that “we breed everything, don’t we?”

Fair enough, Asante said, “it’s been a fantastic branding tool for the national team and a method for fans to identify and connect with this group of players.”

This morning Piers Morgan was a bit more direct in his criticism of the ‘gender deranged woke wasters’ who want the England women’s football team nickname changed from Lioness to Lionesses.

The attempt to avoid being sexist by referring to England’s Outstanding Football Lionesses as ‘Lions’ is the most pitiful virtue signaling campaign ever, and the bar for this accolade was astronomically high , he said on Twitter.

Just put a plug in it, you wretched, deranged kind wasters of revival.

In the meantime, the public hastened to participate in the discussion.

As the Lionesses played in the semi-finals, someone tweeted, “Instead of calling the female team Lionesses can they be the Lionesses and the male team be the Kittens?”

Another remarked this morning: “Don’t lionesses” do all the work, including hunting, raising children and cubs? Spend time in the sun!

Others noted that there is already a rugby team in the UK called the Lions: “No, these titles are awarded to real guys and not prime-donnas, the British Lions Rugby Team!” Leave the ladies lionesses alone because they live up to their name!

And as yesterday’s episode of Women’s Hour aired, Coronation Street star Dame Maureen Lipman sent a letter in response to the contentious discussion.

The 76-year-old actress clarified her reservations by stating that “the Lions are a men’s rugby team” and insisting on the good associations associated with a “pride of lionesses”.

The England men’s football team is known as the Three Lions, while the British and Irish Lions are an international rugby union team.

After applauding the players for their “magnificent collaboration, their clean, fresh and beautiful football, their wonderful flair and their workload” the night before, Dame Maureen continued.

Dazzling cheetahs, forget the lions, she said. I am very happy.

One of the most-watched TV events of the year was the Lionesses’ 4-0 semi-final victory over Sweden on Tuesday night, which drew 9.3 million viewers and an additional 2 million streaming viewers on BBC apps.

As England cruised into the final with ease, Beth Mead, Lucy Bronze, Alessia Russo and Fran Kirby all hit the back of the net.

They will face eight-time champions Germany on Sunday in front of a full house at Wembley, which could set a new record for the number of spectators for a match in a European Championship, men’s or women’s.

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Charles P. Patton