What does it mean to be a sporty woman in the 21st century? From the launch of Net-A-Sporter, serving up sports clothing for fashionistas, to the introduction of #plankie as the new Instagram selfie for yoga bunnies; exercise for women has finally gone mainstream. But if sweating has never been so hot for female celebrities, then why are there still so many obstacles for girls and women when it comes to sport? Why do girls still hate school sports lessons? Why is sport consistently defined as male territory, with TV cameras replicating the male gaze as they search out the most beautiful women in the crowd? Will women ever flock to watch football, rugby and boxing in their millions? Or turn up to the park with friends for a Sunday morning kickabout? How long do we have to wait to see the first multi-millionaire female footballer or basketball player?
Eat Sweat Play is an engaging and inspirational work by sports writer Anna Kessel.
This book was an ok read with quite a few quips that I could identify with. Having missed my fair share of PE lessons whilst in secondary school, I too could not understand why we needed to do partake in it or had the interest! However, "Eat Sleep Play" managed to make me address my negative attitude towards sports and appreciate the role in which women play within it in today's society.
Having two young daughters in school, I will be sure to encourage them to take on board any opportunity to engage with sports activities and learn to value themselves and their self worth over body image and public perception.
I'm quite an active individual and enjoy watching my fair share of sports on t.v, football in particular and having read this book, I've been left with a lot more food for thought.
3 out of 5 stars.