Eat Sweat Play: How Sport Can Change Our Lives
Long-listed for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award.
Sport's for everyone . . . isn't it?
Society has led us to believe that women and sport don’t mix. But why? What happens to the young girls who dare to climb trees and cartwheel across playgrounds?
In her ...more
This one took me by surprise - I don't do any sport in my free time and you would never find me sat in front of the television with the football on but this book has totally made me rethink the way I look at sport. Not only does Anna Kessel discuss the involvement of women in sport throughout history she also delves into other hot topics such as periods and pregnancy. It sounds silly but I honestly ...more
This book was so empowering and eye opening in so many ways and I cant stress enough how much Id recommend this to EVERYONE. As a person who always thought of herself as unsporty and dreaded PE in school, it felt like this book was written especially for me.
Lately Ive been thinking ...more
I don't really read a lot of non-fiction and certainly not ones that involve sport but I found Eat Sweat Play to be a fascinating insight into the world of women and sport. Anna has definitely done her research speaking to a variety of sports celebrities and magazines who have run campaigns to promote women in sport. A variety of topics are explored within the book: The gender pay gap, sexism and ...more
It’s been almost two weeks since I finished reading and I think I finally have my thoughts together on this one.
Eat Sweat Play wasn’t quite what I had expected it to be, which turned out to be both a positive and a negative. I was expecting a quick, fun and inspiring read. What I got was something that took me a little longer to read, but that made me think (and in some cases re-think). A lot.
First, let me talk about the positive.
I like reading books about feminism and I loved that ...more
Kessel starts off with some nostalgia about crappy PE lessons, Gladiators on ITV, Sporty Spice and Flo Jo's nails (amongst other things!) which I quite enjoyed but then moves on to more serious themes in sport including the barriers to women's ...more
I requested this book from Pan Macmillan for review. Thanks to the publisher for sending this my way!
This was a really interesting non-fiction choice for me. Typically I do not read books about sport, as the subject does not interest me. Not to say I'm against sport or I don't like it, but it's not something I've ever felt compelled to read. However, this book focuses on the effect of sport and opinions on sport for women, particularly young women, and how women should be embracing it. ...more
What I could relate to was the call for changes in the PE curriculum The concept of breaking a sport down into bite size pieces ...more
I loved a lot about this book - and found it truly insightful on the ...more
I pretty much only read this because Leena made such an amazing video about it (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHE7W...) and I definitely don't regret it. From PE in high school to 'fit-girl' trends and the weird beautification of sports to periods, ...more
As a football fan, I truly appreciated every mention of it in this book. As a woman, you're never taken seriously as a fan. I've always been told I only liked it because of ...more
I found it interesting to contrast the ways in which women's bodies are sexualised and commoditised - a woman is first evaluated on her body before all else - and the ways in which women are prevented from understanding their own bodies. Our bodies are the property of others, and our lack of ...more
This book is written so beautifully. Supporting women in sports. And discussing very important issues that only few mention it; sport and pregnancy, sport during periods, emotional swings, balancing between parenting and competing! And having it all. Cultural resistance to women playing "men" type of sports!.
I related to this book.
I used to struggle in the past to keep up with my fitness. Nowadays, I'm living the beauty of feeling ...more
Very enjoyable, informative and eye-opening. However, I felt some chapters were too fact-based and heavy on real athletes - while I find that motivating and inspiring it's not what I personally can identify with. That's why I cannot give more stars! If you're into (professional) sports, though, I'd definitely recommend this book to you! ...more
This book is certainly fascinating and I did enjoy reading it, but there were times when I felt like the author was beating me over the head with the fact that women aren't treated as equals to men (especially in sports), and it just got a little monotonous. The first 25% is fine, but ...more
Many of you know how much I love watching sport - football, F1, athletics - basically I'll watch any sport with the exception of cricket.
These days I'm stuck in a situation where I can't exercise; my illness confines me massively. I do those wee exercises that I can, the ones that the physio has given me. Putting my health to one side though, I've never been a very sporty person. I once convinced my maths teacher to give me a test I missed
I read it in a day! This book lived up to my already high expectations and was just what I needed. I have been ill for the last 18 months so have put weight on and this book lifted me out of my irritation and depression of not being able to fit in to my nice dresses but made me think how my body is finally getting strong again and to focus on enjoying the exercise rather than focussing on fitting in to my ...more
Every woman should read this book. Preferably before the age of 16, and then again in your late 20s/early 30s.
As a sports-mad woman, but one who cannot STAND the recent influx of "fitspo" Instagram posts and "workout" selfies of faces caked in makeup and entirely sweat-free, this book is a revelation. It captures the essence of why women should play sport, watch sport, enjoy sport, while also recognising the many ...more