Playing Nice: Politics and Apologies in Women's Sports

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Mary Jo Festle reveals the true story of public attitudes and private ambitions surrounding women's athletics in the post-World War II era, confronting the politics of equality, difference, identity, and self-determination that have shaped women's participation in sports.

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Exposes how gender, race, class and choice of sport have defined athletics for women since World War II. Festle shows how the tactic of "apology"<-->stressing femininity and heterosexuality and downplaying "masculine" enthusiams for competition and career<-->has ultimately failed. More successful, she argues, have been the achievements of athletes like Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova, who confront prevailing gender norms rather than reinforce them. Her conclusion is that men and women should both work toward a more humanistic playing field for everyone. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231101622
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 9/5/1996
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.35 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.24 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The 1950s 3
Ch. 1 Only the Right Kind: College Women's Sports in the 1950s 9
Ch. 2 Girls' Rules: Championships, Apologies, and Basketball in the 1950s 28
Ch. 3 Members Only: Class, Race, and Amateur Tennis for Women in the 1950s 53
Introduction: 1955-1967 75
Ch. 4 Transitional Years: Physical Educators, the State, the Media, and New Opportunities for Athletes, 1955-1967 79
Introduction: 1968-1979 105
Ch. 5 Politicization: Title IX and the Movement for Equality in Intercollegiate Athletics, 1968-1974 109
Ch. 6 Rebellion: Women's Pro Tennis, 1968-1975 142
Ch. 7 Equality and/or Difference? AIAW, NCAA, and Intercollegiate Athletics, 1974-1979 165
Introduction: 1980-1990 195
Ch. 8 Backsliding: AIAW, Title IX, and College Sports, 1980-1988 199
Ch. 9 A Second Stage: Pro Tennis in the 1980s 228
Ch. 10 Dreams Deferred: Professional Basketball in the 1980s 248
Epilogue: Women's Sports in the 1990s 265
Conclusion 283
Notes 291
Selected Bibliography 365
Index 375
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