Some of you may well remember Fledgling‘s guest piece on sweating and women, from a few weeks ago. She has sent me a review for a book which touches on many of the same social problems and school dynamics which she wrote about. Both the authors of the article and the book are articulate and engaging, and worth a read. Here is an extract from the article which summarises the issue quite well:
These are the kind of casual remarks you get used to when you’re a woman who follows sport. None, however, beats the question that seems to be asked whenever you mention you write about cricket, rugby, gymnastics et al for a living: “Do you actually like sport, then?” The assumption that you don’t – that you’ve somehow been dragooned into reporting on a football game, while carefully hiding your ignorance of the offside rule – is, of course, never made of men.