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.
"It is like going to a play about the wilder passions of the human heart, or hearing the coda of the last movement of Sibelius' 'Fifth Symphony.' There is at least a chance we can learn a little about what goes on in the human heart. We can also know the ecstasy of victory or the despair of defeat." –Max Piggott