Coming on Strong Gender and Sexuality in Twentieth-Century Women's Sports

ISBN-10: 0674144341

ISBN-13: 9780674144347

Edition: 1994

Authors: Susan K. Cahn

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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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Book details

List price: $24.50
Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 7/21/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Preface
Introduction
The New Type of Athletic Girl
Grass-roots Growth and Sexual Sensation in the Flapper Era
Games of Strife The Battle over Women's Competitive Sport
Order on the Court The Campaign to Suppress Women's Basketball
""Cinderellas"" of Sport Black Women in Track and Field
No Freaks, No Amazons, No Boyish Bobs The All-American Girls Baseball League
Beauty and the Butch The ""Mannish"" Athlete and the Lesbian Threat
""Play It, Don't Say It"" Lesbian Identity and
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