A Level Playing Field

Recently The Purple Frog went to run in a huge sports field at an hour considered apt to go to bed in most households.

The field had flashlights on and it was noisy and playful. The weather was pleasant and so, accommodating of all the noises. The field had sections marked by the batsmen and goalkeepers for their respective games and mayhem ensued every time the game turned tense.

With so much life brimming in the middle of the night, The Purple Frog couldn’t resist hopping a bit more inside this jungle of sorts.

As it ventured a little more inside the field

There were young boys in their twenties enjoying a drink and watching the live match. ‘Not bad’ was the first thought that occured…immediately followed by, hmm, but bad. Lol.

Anyhow, after one complete round in the sports field

The Purple Frog was disappointed to see that there was not even one girl in the field playing or simply loitering around to chill like the boys and watching the match.

No where did the banner of the field read Men Only.

Then why does no girl visit this land of action at that hour

It wasn’t like this when The Purple Frog or even a generation before it was growing up. Places that offered action had both men and women join in.

Well, The Purple Frog will not buy the argument that all girls are suddenly sincere and just want the ‘right to education’ in place and there are no girls left of the type who want to play or loiter around for no reason under the night sky or enjoy breaking a rule or two by grabbing a drink, and get caught and pay the fine and go back with the lesson of never doing it again.

Then where are they?

Oh the last time a girl was living her age, someone captured it on a mobile phone as a MMS and the family ashamed of her basic instinctual teenage act, ran country to country for hiding.

So are girls not having fun anymore or is it the technology that has left them scared of the controversies and taboos that may arise?

Or is it the fear of getting abused/gang abused that has taken away the wish of wanting to engage in sports or playfulness that suits their age at locations that should feel safe?

Or are they only supposed to stay sincere and feel blessed that they are at least getting education?

Or is outdoor fun now a luxury only for those with rich, loving, open-minded daddies who try to offer protection as their girl goes around town having fun at wee hours?

The answer is hard to figure out.

But somewhere, something is going wrong…

Because there is a playground in the city where more than fifty boys feel like gathering at night and engage in banter and sports and naughty things that people their age do…but not one girl feels it could be her right to feel the night like them…

This is not how any of our past generations grew up in any strata of society. Places that offered action had both men and women.

The fears and taboos are only going to render a generation of men (not their mistake) who believe the ground is theirs to play and girls don’t want to share.

Girls are left with not much choice except for being more like each other, careful and sincere and wise and more thankful than they need to be!

There are fewer taboos and fears that occur to the boys to rethink of the choice to step out for play of any kind and that’s making the world their playground…

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