So what am I whinging about now? Well, there's a whole list of things, but I did that in the last post, so I'll stick to one thing.
It's the Japanese ladies' football (or soccer, if you insist) team and their travel arrangements.
The ladies of Nadeshiko Japan, as they are known, are the World Cup holders. Their male counterparts, the under 23 team, well, you'd be hard pushed to pick them out of a line up, frankly. So, out of the two teams, who flew to London in cattle class, and who went Business? Yup, the men went business because that's how the world works.
In my case, I have never experienced first hand the feeling of missing out just because you're a girl. I've been very lucky, it seems. To be a World Cup winner, especially when said win boosted a country at a time when it really needed boosting, and then be told that, basically, you're not as good as your male counterparts, who are younger and less accomplished. In Japan, usually age dictates seniority, the "sempai" gets the best of things, while the "kohai" accepts their lower rank in the knowledge that they will be a sempai one day and get to be utterly unpleasant to their "kohai". The whole "sempai/kohai" thing is kind of a big deal. Unless, apparently, your sempai is female.
And don't tell me it's because the men are professional players and the women are ameteurs, they are all players. And non-professional players are less likely to have the money to pay the upgrade, anyway.
It'd be too easy to say this is a Japan thing. As my Dad pointed out on Facebook, the women's world cup was barely mentioned on British TV, while you can't move for coverage of the male players and their overpaid shenanigans. Women's sport just isn't as respected as men's, anywhere. And, frankly, it's just not good enough.
As the Japan Women's captain, Homare Sawa, pointed out, when the women won the World Cup, they were upgraded to Business class, so, hopefully, if they win the Gold at the Olympics, they'll get the same again. Only this time, I hope two things will happen: the men get downgraded to economy (they could use the women's team's seats) and that, from now on, femal athletes will get what their male counterparts get. Business class seats, professional contracts and huge endorsement deals. Because that's only fair.