Coming on Strong: Gender and Sexuality in Twentieth-Century Women's Sports / Edition 1

Coming on Strong: Gender and Sexuality in Twentieth-Century Women's Sports / Edition 1

by Susan K. Cahn
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674144341

ISBN-13: 2900674144346

Pub. Date: 07/28/1998

Publisher: Harvard University Press

Today, there are women athletes who are media celebrities and a source of inspiration for many. But not long ago, being serious about sport was considered appropriate only for men and boys. Throughout the twentieth century, women's increasing participation in sport has challenged our conception of womanhood. Some celebrated the female athlete as the embodiment of

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Today, there are women athletes who are media celebrities and a source of inspiration for many. But not long ago, being serious about sport was considered appropriate only for men and boys. Throughout the twentieth century, women's increasing participation in sport has challenged our conception of womanhood. Some celebrated the female athlete as the embodiment of modern womanhood, but others branded her "mannish" or lesbian. Ultimately, she altered the perception of sport as an exclusively male domain.

Susan Cahn's story of how sport has changed women's lives and women have transformed sport is an important chapter in the wider history of women's struggles to define their role in the twentieth century. For the women who dared to compete, participation in sport enabled them to expand the boundaries of women's activities and to claim that strength, skill, physicality, and competitiveness could be authentic attributes of womanhood. This is the legacy they passed on to the new generation of women for whom athleticism is becoming a way of life.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900674144346
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
07/28/1998
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
384

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction1
1The New Type of Athletic Girl7
2Grass-roots Growth and Sexual Sensation in the Flapper Era31
3Games of Strife: The Battle over Women's Competitive Sport55
4Order on the Court: The Campaign to Suppress Women's Basketball83
5"Cinderellas" of Sport: Black Women in Track and Field110
6No Freaks, No Amazons, No Boyish Bobs: The All-American Girls Baseball League140
7Beauty and the Butch: The "Mannish" Athlete and the Lesbian Threat164
8"Play It, Don't Say It": Lesbian Identity and Community in Women's Sport185
9Women Competing/Gender Contested207
10You've Come a Long Way, Maybe: A "Revolution" in Women's Sport?246
Notes281
Index351

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