This is an incredibly good article, from The Roar, Australia. Please click here to read. An excerpt is as under.
“You’re into AFL? You?” This is the typical surprised reaction I get when I tell people how excited I am about the new season starting this year.
New players, new coaches. I have carefully organised babysitting for months in advance and am literally counting down to that first game tomorrow night.
Yet somehow this seems strange for someone like me to follow sport – that is, female and non-white.
I have played, watched and loved sport for as long as I can remember. I have flown interstate to watch the Blues, stayed up all night to watch Sampras and left a girlfriend’s engagement to watch a World Cup game.
This doesn’t mean that I can’t also be addicted to Sex and the City, drool over Tiffany blue boxes and hasten to see Kate’s baby bump grow.
These two worlds are not mutually exclusive.
Gender equality can be extended beyond the sporting arena not just in equal pay, equal air time and equal sponsorship but also towards the spectators and their equal interest and commitment to the game.
One friend suggested that I was a lesbian because I followed the Southern Stars, while another assumed my interest was in males running around in tight clothing.
Is it really that hard for people to see women passionate and educated about sport? The idea that a game with its multitude of rules and positions is too complex for women, not only belittles the fans but the game as well.
So, if it’s not about being female, that leaves the issue of race.
Given my heritage it was inevitable I would like sport – raised in Australia with British and Indian roots. Resistance was futile.