No place for sexism in Scottish football
Hailing from Dundee, once known as "City O the Kettle Bilers", on account of the high proportion of women toiling in the jute mills, while their unemployed husbands remained at home making the tea, it would be impossible to underestimate the contribution of feisty women to my own upbringing.
That's why I'm unimpressed by those who think a woman's place is anywhere except a football field.
It's almost unfathomable why anyone could think that women can hold high offices in medicine, law, politics and elsewhere, yet fail to understand the offside law.
Even those who have been fast-tracked will have had to officiate in the amateur game, where knowledge of the laws of football often come secondary to the ability to plan a quick escape route, and to run the 100 metres in around eleven seconds in trainers to make a quick getaway.
There is no reason to suppose that such a testing ground is any easier for women refs than men.
So female referees like Sian Massey and Scotland's Morag Pirie, didn't get where they are because they are "lookers", to use the term employed by one unfortunate reporter.
They got where are today by sheer bloody hard graft and ability, taking on the chin the criticism and stick that came their way.
To suggest otherwise is an insult to those women who referee or pull the boots on to play all over the country.
I know people involved in the women's game and know of amateur players training five nights a week and of women travelling the length and breadth of the country for training and matches.
Whether they play, whistle, or run the line they deserve the same respect as men.
But more importantly they are entitled to the same opportunities.
Football is the people's game after all, it's not just for half of the population.