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AFL’s trans participation policy sets a dangerous precedent for women

With weight being used as a measure for exclusion, women are yet again being body-shamedLate last week, the AFL released its long-awaited policy on transgender participation in Australian rules football. In it are a set of requirements trans women need…

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AFL’s trans participation policy sets a dangerous precedent for women

With weight being used as a measure for exclusion, women are yet again being body-shamedLate last week, the AFL released its long-awaited policy on transgender participation in Australian rules football. In it are a set of requirements trans women need…

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Is it time for the women’s game to break free from AFL’s shackles? | Kate O’Halloran

AFLW players must say no when the league refuses to play fair, as tennis players did in the 1970sTennis is often lauded as the most gender equitable of sports: a contemporary reality that owes everything to a guerrilla past. With the birth of professio…

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A boil bursts: the AFL’s population of senior female? coaches goes extinct | Samantha Lane

Initial fears the AFLW was created for women to play in and men to manage are deepeningThe AFL promised it would nurture all aspects of its new women’s league but after two seasons a fundamental has been neglected to the point of hitting ground zero st…

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IDAHOBIT: time to reflect on impact negative reporting has on trans kids | Hannah Mouncey

Almost half of young trans people in Australia attempt suicide. That must change To say the last six months have been interesting would be an understatement. I’ve found myself in a world that is truly bizarre, and that I think I will always fail to com…

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IDAHOBIT: time to reflect on impact negative reporting has on trans kids | Hannah Mouncey

Almost half of young trans people in Australia attempt suicide. That must change To say the last six months have been interesting would be an understatement. I’ve found myself in a world that is truly bizarre, and that I think I will always fail to com…

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Are elite sportswomen changing what coming out looks like? | Danielle Warby

Social media has allowed athletes to have control over the visibility of their sexuality“The word you’re looking for is ‘girlfriend’.” These few words by a Twitter user who was following the coverage of the 2017 AFLW Brownlow medal kicked off a social …

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Emma Kearney named AFLW best and fairest but future with Dogs unclear

North Melbourne are chasing the prolific midfielderChloe Molloy of Collingwood wins rising star awardEmma Kearney had never won a league best and fairest award in eight seasons playing the game, but the Western Bulldogs AFLW star broke through in empha…

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Katie Brennan loses appeal in bid to play in AFLW grand final

Bulldogs captain’s appeal dismissed on all four countsTeam had argued she was victim of sexual discriminationThere was to be no last-minute reprieve for Katie Brennan, the Western Bulldogs captain, who will not lead her team out in Saturday’s AFLW gran…

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Katie Brennan falls victim to gender pay gap with AFLW grand final ban | Kate O’Halloran

Brennan would pay a fine if she were a men’s AFL player. Instead she will miss the game of her lifeThe suspension of Western Bulldogs AFLW captain Katie Brennan – upheld on appeal – is a step backward for gender equity in Australian sport. Brennan was …

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Cora Staunton, the Gaelic footballer who switched continents and sports to go pro in AFLW

Cora Staunton won everything in Ireland then, at 35, took up a sport with a ‘funny-shaped ball’ and became a full-time athleteBy Jonathan Drennan for Behind the LinesCora Staunton, one of Ireland’s most decorated Gaelic footballers, is finally getting …

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Preference to host AFLW grand final at Ikon Park is a mistake | Kate O’Halloran

The AFL has shown a lack of imagination when it comes to promoting women’s gameThe AFL has underestimated the appeal of the AFLW competition if it goes ahead with its preference of Ikon Park as a grand final venue on Saturday March 24. On Tuesday, it w…

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AFLW takes pride in off-field gains as Dogs break records on it

The Pride game felt more like Mardi Gras, while extreme weather marred other matchesLady Gaga’s Born This Way blares through speakers as a drag queen puffs her chest and pouts at passers-by. Rainbows adorn makeshift stalls as butch dykes hold hands, pa…

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Record-breaking crowd may silence AFLW doubters

Optus Stadium crowd provided a much-needed tonic to a week dominated by negativityAfter a crushing week of off-field criticism, the AFLW can count itself victorious after fans showed their support for the code in droves, a record 41,975 turning out at …

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Record crowd for women’s domestic sport game attend Perth AFLW match

Crowd exceeded previous record of 41,000 for exhibition game in 1929Fremantle, Western Bulldogs, Melbourne and Carlton win in round twoA record crowd of 41,975 watched Fremantle beat Collingwood by 13 points in a fiery AFLW clash at Perth’s Optus Stadi…

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Inclusive history of women’s football behind success of AFLW | Hannah Mouncey

No longer the AFL’s ‘dirty little secret’, AFLW’s embrace of diversity is there for all to seeInspire. Tuesday’s official launch of the second season of AFLW ran with the theme of inspiration – complete with the club captains bringing along someone who…

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AFLW 2018: all you need to know before the first bounce

New faces, players to watch, squad analysis and predictions – a team-by-team guide AFLW is back for its second season, beginning on Friday night with a repeat of last year’s packed-out season opener between traditional rivals Carlton and Collingwood at…

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Adelaide’s Sarah Perkins: ‘AFLW will grow in every aspect in 2018’

After the inaugural season broke down barriers, the goal-kicking star envisages further advancement in the game this year‘This moment is for you’: how women’s sport rocked 2017In the lead-up to the inaugural AFLW draft, Sarah Perkins sat third on Victo…

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Australia’s sporting year in review – success stories and slip-ups of 2017 | Paul Connolly

It has been a rollercoaster year across the codes but women’s sport has gone from strength to strength‘This moment is for you’: how women’s sport rocked 2017Australian sports quiz of the year 2017In the 43rd minute of the Matildas’ 30 July match agains…

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‘This moment is for you’: how women’s sport rocked 2017 and pointed to the future

The Adelaide Crows broke the dam wall and the Matildas had a year of unrivalled highlights but pay disparity remains• Sam Kerr: ‘Everyone wants to jump on board and be a Matildas fan’With three seconds remaining on the clock and Brisbane trailing by a …