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Balancing Acts: Women in Sport: Essays on power, performance, bodies & love

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A collection of non-fiction pieces from more than 20 contributors that explores women’s range of experiences with sport and sporting culture in Australia.

Focusing on a critically under-represented part of Australian culture—specifically the myriad ways non-male participants negotiate the traditionally male spectacle of athleticism—this collection interrogates the way sport
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Kindle Edition, 357 pages
Published May 1st 2018 by Brow Books
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Renee
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This heartfelt, angry, adoring, challenging collection of essays is absolutely fascinating. As a non-sports fan I feel that it opened the lid on a surprising community of whip smart writers who welcome the reader into their world. An important read that helped me reflect on and crystallise my own opinions about women in sport.
Gina Rushton
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love how so many of the essays are in conversation with each other. Brunette Lenkic describes a time (in the 20s) when female AFL players in WA were literally stalked by journalists trying to figure out which ones were "dykes" and then in Danielle Warby's essay we get this beautiful insight into how the AFL Women's league has meant that these elite athletes are becoming more visible about being in same-sex relationships. Rebecca Slater's was such an interesting exploration of power dynamics ac ...more
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Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I wanted to love this book more than I did. I did love some of the essays, some were less interesting for me.

My favourite essays were:

Australia is Open: To Hold! Receive! Take by Ellen van Neervan

Pas De Quatre by Nadia Bailey

The Thing About Sport and Poetry is That They're Kind of Similar by Charlotte Guest

All in the Bounce by Kate Doak

Cheering on the Boys by Savannah Indigo
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