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Night Games Sex Power and Sport ➝ [Epub] ❦ Night Games Sex Power and Sport By Anna Krien ➧ – 'The Pies beat the Saints and the city of Melbourne was still cloaked in black and white crepe paper when the rumour of a pack rape by celebrating footballers began to surface By morning the head of t 'The Pies beat the Saints Sex Power Kindle ´ and the city of Melbourne was still cloaked in black and white crepe paper when the rumour of a pack rape by celebrating footballers began to surface By morning the head of the sexual crimes suad confirmed to journalists that they were preparing to uestion two Night Games PDF/EPUB or Collingwood players And so as police were confiscating bed sheets from a townhouse in South Melbourne the trial by media began'What does a young footballer do to cut loose At night some play what they think of as pranks or games Night games with women Sometimes these involve consensual sex but sometimes Games Sex Power eBook ↠ they don't and sometimes they fall into a grey areaIn the tradition of Helen Garner's The First Stone comes a closely observed controversial book about sex consent and power In Night Games Anna Krien follows the rape trial of an Australian Rules footballer She also takes a balanced and fearless look at the dark side of footy culture – the world of Sam Newman Ricky Nixon Matty Johns and the Cronulla SharksBoth a courtroom drama and a riveting piece of narrative journalism this is a breakthrough book from one of the young leading lights of Australian writing.

10 thoughts on “Night Games Sex Power and Sport

  1. Diane in Australia Diane in Australia says:

    This book is about the rape trial of an Australian Rules footballer Collingwood players Dayne Beams and John McCarthy were accused of raping a woman in a Melbourne townhouse after their team’s 2010 Grand Final victory A local league footballer Fraser James Pope a friend of the Collingwood players was accused of raping her in the alley outside the townhouse shortly afterward Of the three only Fraser was charged and went to trialAnna became 'close' to Fraser's family The woman refused to talk with her as is her right So the viewpoints aren't exactly balanced but this happens often in books about trials in my reading experienceAs you can imagine the subject matter brings into consideration the issues of sexism in sport rape laws and heaps If you're interested in these topics you'd probably like reading this book3 Stars I'm glad I read it

  2. Mel Campbell Mel Campbell says:

    So much has been raved about this book that in my contrary way I steered clear of it for ages Also I hate sport and think the way it's lavishly funded and celebrated as self evidently great is one of the worst and most corrosive things about Australian culture Third I am not a fan of what Helen Garner has turned into a respectable genre for women non fiction writers in Australia the personal court case narrative I could tell that Krien had done a lot of archival research of court documents and media coverage interviews and reportage and I was impressed by how lightly the book wore the work that had gone into it and how easy and enjoyable it was to read But I found parts of it much persuasive than others I was disuieted by the absence of the voice of 'Sarah' the girl at the centre of the court case and how Krien compensates for that absence by filling the book with the presence of 'Justin' the defendant and his family Intellectually I understand Krien's predicament she doesn't want to project too much of herself onto Sarah and she also wants a central figure that she can humanise in the book But I couldn't help feeling that Sarah had now been fucked over three times first on the night of her alleged assault; second by the legal system; and third by being turned into a spectral presence in this prominent and much debated bookWhen we discussed Night Games at book club Lucy raised a good point which was that this book is targeted to people who are much less feminist than us I understand that the edge of Krien's argument might have been blunted by the fine toothed legalling such a touchy topic would reuire I'd be interested to speak privately to her and get her 'real' views – but does the fact I assume she even has strongly phrased views on this topic reflect my own feminist desire to see this topic written about with a polemical tone of female solidarity and rage? This perhaps explained why I was most persuaded by the sections of the book that meticulously outline the structural misogyny of the football industry yet I was seriously disuieted by Krien's retreat to a 'grey area' that enables her to soft pedal and euivocate over wrongs that I would strongly condemn I was annoyed by the way that Krien kept retreating to 'safe' rhetorical positions such as but I really like playing sport I'm one of you and whose version can we really believe? which is basically ¯ツ¯ in book formIt's laudable not to want to preach to the choir Krien is trying to get her message across to footy fans who see criticism of rape culture as an attack on the game they love as well as to young people who think feminism means that women want to make men suffer or simply that it reuires being an unattractive humourless killjoy all the time I was seriously depressed by a vox pop in an Adelaide student newspaper in which young women refused to identify as feminists because men and women should be treated as euals – which is precisely the ongoing struggle in which feminism is engaged and in which it still has such a long way to go To such audiences Night Games might be a revelationIt certainly was to Australia's tremendously overrated People's Literary Laureate Brendan Cowell who says he read this book and even emailed Krien as he was writing his appallingly ill judged victim blaming play The Sublime If this book – despite all the appallingly routine dehumanisation of women it discusses – simply inspires further creative works that entrench rape culture then I reckon that's a problem

  3. Christine Christine says:

    I am slightly conflicted about this book Okay it is good and does in many ways what a book should do raise conversation about a subject Krien is writing on one hand about the sexism in Aussie football and on the other hand about one particular rape case that was a the result of the sexism The parts about the football culture that includes rape abuse or bad treatment of women are the most intersting parts of the book The sections about the rape are a source of conflictTo be fair Krien herself realizes thisIn part this conflict is caused by the Aussie justice system itself and in part because the woman in the trial did not grant an interview to Krien Not that I blame her Krien points out that due to lack of interaction with the woman she Krien found herself getting closer to the man's family Part of what Krien seems to be trying to work out here is her own self of lost objectively which she does own and uestion right from the start as well as what is a legal defination of rape especially with all the misinformation about rape that circles around In other words she invents the reader along to figure this out Though at times she almost seems to endose the men are from mars women are from venus cliche In many of her examples it seems of a case of ingrained sexism ingrainted by societyIt is uncomfortable reading but important reading

  4. lauren ♡ lauren ♡ says:

    Trigger warning rape sexual assault I have no idea how to rate this because of the subject matter I have so many thoughts and feelings Will try and write a full reviewopinion once I've had some time to gather my thoughts Whilst I don't necessarily agree with Krien's complete stance I definitely recommend this to anyone who's interested in sport feminism and rape culture Even though it's prominently about AFL it brings up a lot of general issues regarding the treatment of women in the world of sports

  5. Jillwilson Jillwilson says:

    “She had no language to explain the grey zone to explain what was lost in translation between the sexes” Night Games is about sex consent and power The writer Anna Krien traces the trial of a young VFL footballer accused of rape after a Big Night Out in 2010 Like the writing of Helen Garner or Chloe Hooper the writer is solidly in this story describing her emotions as she watches the trial unfold And as occurred in The First Stone Krien only has access to one half of the participants in the story; the young man and his family The trial is a trigger for a complex examination of what is happening in our culture I read it against this backdrop In the same week a group of Defence Force personnel was accused of having sex with women and filming what went on without their consent They called themselves 'The Jedi Council' In that week too then Prime Minister Gillard was vilified in the press for playing “the misogyny card” It seemed to me that issues relating to gender were alive and well on Australia About one week later Gillard was gone and what seemed to be left was the exposure of a long raw nerve of sexism that is alive and well in mainstream AustraliaThis book ranges from incidents on The Footy Show to analysing the ways in which men create bonds amongst themselves Krien goes to sociologist Jonathan Wynn after talking about an incident on The Footy Show that belittled footy writer Caroline Wilson She says that ‘pranks’ serve ‘to maintain social boundaries in groups as various as police departments and sororities And you gain status by being picked on in some ways It can be a kind of flattery if you’re being brought in” She writes that it was not about Wilson” it was about them the men on the show I actually think it’s about two things –that specific male rituals examples included the Huddle – the victory Chopper – flipping out your dick someone pissing on you camel night – everyone gets a hump shore up the bonds between the group but they are also often about a hatred of women or fear of the other than can safely play out in these team activities She says “Women have been used – as have homosexuals aka faggots and poofters – to reinforce a certain code of masculinity and hierarchy”At one stage Krien interviews writer and ex footballer Tony Wilson “When I asked Wilson about some of the antics that he and his teammates got up to off the field he rubbed his face as if trying to gauge what expression he ought to have when talking about his playing days a time in his life he loved despite knowing even then that something was amiss” He knows that stuff they did was wrong but part of him liked itTwo things were of particular interest to me I was on a jury a couple of years ago – I thought this description of the jury was interesting though I didn’t feel that we were groping around in the case I was involved in The rape trial described in this book was complex; there were football players who apparently had consensual sex with the woman making the charge of rape immediately prior to the alleged crime Much of this information was suppressed in the trial Krien writes “As I watched the barristers and judge return to their legal triangle of barely decipherable coded language I realised that the jury members were like precious children than wise sages It was as if they would be kept in a large dark room with the occasional torch shedding light on a piece of evidence or a witness but the rest of the time were to grope around or at precarious times let themselves be led carefully around great potholes of backstory”And I’m really interested in the idea of “the grey zone” Krien says that while the usual presumption about behaviour when confronted with potential harm is fight or flight She says that a very common reaction is “freeze” She seems to be arguing that this is often a response to unwanted sex or to ambiguity about the sex The woman freezes She doesn’t know what to do Maybe the situation is awkward or scary In this case the message to the man may not be entirely clear And when you combine elements like football celebrity alcohol group sex and generally being strung out at 4 or 5 in the morning it’s not always clear Don’t get me wrong here – raunch culture is pervasive “no” means no and women have a right to say “no” whenever they like I think Krien is saying and I think I agree with her that in these contexts it is not always clear cut what is happening “I couldn’t say I detected a nuanced understanding of what had happened in the wee hours of the morning after the grand final let alone any humility To them Sarah is a liar a bitch and a slut And the disrespect and inhumanity with which they treated her and thought of her is one uality they may find themselves sharing with a lone predator style rapist Malice after all can be built on ignorance”James Button writes “So “is it rape or is it treating women like shit?” Krien leaves the uestion open but concludes that the courts are not the place where it can be answered “It’s not where progress is made It’s just where things end up” She thinks it’s time for a braver discussion about the complexities of consent and rape People are afraid it would “unravel some 40 years of feminist spadework But surely feminism isn’t that fragile And isn’t it obvious that people are already confused? For despite the law being clear on the definition of consent neither the police nor the public prosecutors seem to have much faith in a jury’s ability to convict in certain cases even if they do satisfy the legal criteria”” Can I just finish with this stat the estimated conviction rate for those accused of rape in Victoria is EXTREMELY low Krien says it is about 16 % – read this article for info

  6. Natasha (jouljet) Natasha (jouljet) says:

    Immediately starting this read gets my blood boiling I remember these AFL incidents the media buzz the victim blaming the closing ranks of rich football clubs and the rumours that flew around Melbourne circles at the time closer to the truth than the media storiesThis is one of Australia's #MeToo moments swept under the rug by powerful men in high positions clubs with money and reputations to protect and with women as collateral damageThe story of a scapegoat player taking the spotlight away from the real torrid tale of a night of a grand final win and the sexual scoring of a group of young men showing off to each other with no regard for the young woman involvedExamining the footy pedestal complex in the Australian love affair with the AFL and NRL worlds Krien puts a lens to the 'boys will be boys' and 'what happens on tour stays on tour' mentalities of football culture The power the disrespect of women and minority or difference and the media that feeds on itThis examination is of one story with a bigger story within the bigger picture So much of this made me infuriated and many times I needed to put it down to calm the rageThe review of consent the grey areas of not saying yes of being in a powerless position to object to something being done to youFooty culture and the infantile boys club These antics are revolting and to the benefit of no one Everyone is a loser hereKrien has laid out the sordid not well kept secrets of the football world in an examination of sex consent rape and accepted culture I know it will leave a mark in my mind to think over for weeks to come

  7. Trevor Trevor says:

    Well written interesting investigation of the trial that took place as a result of the rape allegation after the Collingwood Grand Final win in 2010 This is not the type of book that you enjoy but I'm glad that I've now read itThe writer Anna Krien takes a balanced point of view and manages to link the central story in with many others of a similar nature that have occurred in both the AFL and NRL Two minor negatives that i have are1 Why no foot notes or bibliography?2 Fleshing out the character's of the two involved in the court case would have added to the storyOverall though a well written interesting book

  8. Megan Maurice Megan Maurice says:

    A really important book but I struggled in many parts with the author inserting herself into the narrative or comparing elite sporting moments to her own experiences in social basketball it was a bit remiscent of Leigh Sales's book in that regard and it broke the flow of the story for me too oftenAlso this is a very NSWLD complaint but the constant shortening of rugby league to 'rugby' was really jarring and the fact that it was often done in uotes from people who would never use that shortening threw some doubt into my mind about the overall accuracy of the uotesI also think too much focus went on to 'balance' and telling the stories of the very tiny number of rape allegations that are proven to be false The constant worry about how rape allegations ruin a man's life when there are so many examples of this not being true even when the rape did actually occur was something I found tough as well

  9. Liz Barr Liz Barr says:

    Night Games by Anna Krien examines rape culture in AFL Suffice to say it made me a bit mad Not just because of the nature of the issue although that was a big part of it but the book is centred around a rape trial and I wasn’t completely comfortable with the way she covered itWhat happened was after the night of the tie breaker grand final between Collingwood and St Kilda coincidentally the only year I paid attention to the AFL two Collingwood players and a guy from a small local team were accused of raping a young womanDue to what I can only call legal shenanigans the two Collingwood players were never charged so this young unknown bloke was left holding the ball as it wereThe court decided that the events that took place before this third alleged rape could not be mentioned or used as evidence in any way which basically created a big blank spot in the evening and created enough doubt that the jury basically had to find the young footballer not guiltyKrien follows the trial closely and is scrupulous about reporting the accused’s family’s vicious victim blaming and general unpleasantness But the victim didn’t respond to any of Krien’s overtures plus her evidence was heard in a closed court So her voice is essentially silent And in what purports to be a feminist examination of a rape trial that’s a pretty big omission I’m not saying that the victim wasn’t perfectly within her rights to decline to speak to Krien but I think it was a bad idea to persist with the trial as the centrepiece of the book in that caseShe does however highlight a particular peeve I have with the Victorian legal system In this state a “genuine belief in consent” is enough to escape a conviction for rape This has led to delightful circumstances like “She was unconscious but she grunted when I undressed her so she was totally into it Your Honour” I transcribe criminal court proceedings I DO A LOT OF ANGRYTYPING

  10. Jess Jess says:

    In some ways this is Tall Man The Death of Doomadgee for sex and sport A murky case arguably a trial a journalist's concern that integrity and objectivity has been compromisedKrien has copped a bit of flak for the latter although she has also been defended for making her uncertainties unclear from the outset To be honest I do not envy the task that Krien set herself As she admits toward the end a part of her wished she had picked a straightforward case with a clear victim and villain But a clearer case perhaps would not have given her the opportunity to explore some of the grey and tricky areas that this case opened upThese explorations of gender and football culture are the strongest moments in the book much stronger than her coverage of the case itself or her attempts to draw weak parallels between herself and the alleged victim Krien delves effectively into the psychology and sociology of football culture in Australia but I would hope that this invites us to think about society broadly and the extent to which one is borne from the otherI don't know where I stand on the case itself but I don't think it exonerates Justin Dyer to acknowledge that he was a scapegoat As much as Krien reveals about the uneual power and gender relations in football culture she also highlights its various forms and levels of corruption Krien freely admits to being compromised; it is sporting culture and footballing organisations that freuently dwell in denial

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