Coming On Strong: Gender and Sexuality in Women’s Sport by Susan K Cahn

By Susan K Cahn

Acclaimed due to the fact its unique e-book, Coming on Strong has develop into a much-cited touchstone in scholarship on girls and activities. during this new version, Susan okay. Cahn updates her specific historical past of women's game and the struggles over gender, sexuality, race, classification, and coverage that experience usually outlined it. a brand new bankruptcy explores the influence of identify IX and the way the possibilities and curiosity in activities it helped create reshaped women's lives at the same time the laws itself got here below sustained attack.

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0. Seames and basketball wizard Virginia Willis. 27 Mrs. Seames was a fixture in Chicago's tennis and society circles. Having played and taught tennis since the turn of the century, "Mother" Seames managed to maintain her popularity even after her tennis talents were surpassed by those of younger 40 COMING ON STRONG champions. 28 Virginia Willis, who brought her skillful ball-handling and sharpshooting abilities to the Roamer Girls and Olivet teams, was celebrated by the black press for her ability to "do more with a basketball than a Baptist preacher can do with a chicken bone.

With the expansion of corporate capitalism, enterprising businesses realized that leisure could be commercialized on a larger scale and sold to working- and middle-class consumers in the form of recreational equipment, sportswear, and public entertainment. As the economy shifted toward mass-marketed consumer products and commercial entertainment aimed at a broadly based middle-class clientele, more 34 COMING ON STRONG and more Americans began to look for personal fulfillment through consumption and leisure.

While many scientists continued to dwell on the dangers athleticism posed to the female The New Type of Athletic Girl 29 reproductive system, some eugenicists looked to sport as a way to increase the fertility and improve the physical vigor of middleand upper-class American women. A reinvigorated motherhood would allow the "fittest" race to expunge weaker strains and take its natural place atop the social order. Under the banner of eugenics, physical educators negotiated the tension between fit motherhood and masculine athleticism.

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