A new professional league for women's Australian rules football, linked with the men's AFL, is set to launch in 2017. With women's football the fastest growing sport in Australia, people are having to rethink the rugged game's place as a preserve of masculinity.
Growing Up a Real Fan
Women often find their fan credentials questioned by men, who enforce a gendered definition of "real" fandom. The author confesses that women who enter the ranks of the real fan are also willing to defend those lines.
Why White Australia Got So Upset About an Imaginary Spear
Adam Goodes twice received the Brownlow Medal as the "fairest and best" player in Australian football, and he was named Australian of the Year for his work with Indigenous youth. But this season, he has been the center of controversy over an on-field celebration inspired by his Aboriginal heritage.
Pity the Perpetrator: Sexual Violence and Athlete Privilege
No matter the country, no matter the game, sex offenders find a way back on the field.
"Heroes are quickly forgotten if they don't become television or radio commentators. I find it a relief that most players do not allow themselves to be considered 'experts,' made to serve on know-all panels discussing the ifs and buts of success or failure. It proves, I think, that to them the secret is still alive." –Manfred Jurgensen