My Life at the Gym: Feminist Perspectives on Community through the Body

My Life at the Gym: Feminist Perspectives on Community through the Body

by Jo Malin
     
 

ISBN-10: 1438429436

ISBN-13: 9781438429434

Pub. Date: 01/07/2010

Publisher: State University of New York Press

"Very often, my workouts are the best part of my day," notes feminist writer Jo Malin. My Life at the Gym Celebrates women's experiences of exercise and the found spaces for this activity as places of community with other women. Neither elite athletes nor dancers, the contributors to this volume are well aware of the negative cultural messages about women's bodies

Overview

"Very often, my workouts are the best part of my day," notes feminist writer Jo Malin. My Life at the Gym Celebrates women's experiences of exercise and the found spaces for this activity as places of community with other women. Neither elite athletes nor dancers, the contributors to this volume are well aware of the negative cultural messages about women's bodies that may influence body work. Yet, like many women, they have found comfortable and healthful spaces that allow them to enjoy exercise and take care of the physical needs of their bodies. Through diverse essays, personal accounts, and poems, contributors portray everyday lives in which meaning comes from movement and from the companions they move with in a variety of activities from running, walking, swimming, and skiing to boxing, Morris dancing, and yoga, among others. A unique, positive, and largely unremarked view of exercise and its place in women's lives, this book will resonate with and inspire many readers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781438429434
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
01/07/2010
Pages:
174
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures vii

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction Jo Malin 1

Part 1 The Dance

Chapter 1 An Elegy for Dancing Christina Pugh 19

Chapter 2 Kaleidoscope Dances Anne Mamary 31

Chapter 3 From Ballet to Boxing: The Evolution of a Female Athlete Susan Young 43

Chapter 4 The Women's Dance Virginia Corrie-Cozart 61

Part 2 The Gym, Weight Room, Studio, And Pool

Chapter 5 You Spin Me Right Round, Baby: Resistance, Potential, and Feminist Pedagogy in Indoor Cycling Kristine Newhall 65

Chapter 6 Beyond the Lone Images of the Superhuman Strongwoman and Well-Built Bombshell toward a New Communal Vision of Muscular Women Jacqueline Brady 79

Chapter 7 Enduring Images Catherine Houser 91

Chapter 8 The Gymnastics Group Marcia Woodard 95

Chapter 9 Gym Interrupted Myrl Coulter 101

Chapter 10 Naked Truth Lynn Z. Bloom 111

Chapter 11 Women's Yoga: A Multigenre Meditation on Language and the Body Victoria Boynton 117

Part 3 On The Road, the Slopes, and the Lake

Chapter 12 "Messing about in Boats": Rowing as l'Écriture Féminine Shannon Smith 125

Chapter 13 Women Who Ski with Dogs Grace D'Alo 135

Chapter 14 If These Roads Could Talk: Life as a Woman on the Run Wendy Walter-Bailey 145

Chapter 15 Walking is an Exercise in Friendship Marlene Jensen 151

Chapter 16 Marathon Beth Widmaier Capo 155

List of Contributors 157

Index 161

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