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Qualifying Times: Points of Change in U.S. Women's Sport (Sport and Society)

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This perceptive, lively study explores U.S. women's sport through historical "points of change": particular products or trends that dramatically influenced both women's participation in sport and cultural responses to women athletes.

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Beginning with the seemingly innocent ponytail, the subject of the Introduction, scholar Jaime Schultz challenges the reader to look at the historical and sociological significance of now-common items such as sports bras and tampons and ideas such as sex testing and competitive cheerleading. Tennis wear, tampons, and sports bras all facilitated womenand#8217;s participation in physical culture, while physical educators, the aesthetic fitness movement, and Title IX encouraged women to challenge (or confront) policy, financial, and cultural obstacles.

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While some of these points of change increased women's physical freedom and sporting participation, they also posed challenges. Tampons encouraged menstrual shame, sex testing (a tool never used with male athletes) perpetuated narrowly-defined cultural norms of femininity, and the late-twentieth-century aesthetic fitness movement fed into an unrealistic beauty ideal.

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Ultimately, Schultz finds that U.S. women's sport has progressed significantly but ambivalently. Although participation in sports is no longer uncommon for girls and women, Schultz argues that these "points of change" have contributed to a complex matrix of gender differentiation that marks the female athletic body as different than--as less than--the male body, despite the advantages it may confer.

About the Author

Jaime Schultz is an assistant professor of kinesiology and women's studies at Penn State University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780252038167
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Subject:
Women's Studies
Author:
Schultz, Jaime
Subject:
Gender Studies-Womens Studies
Edition Description:
1st Edition
Series:
Sport and Society
Publication Date:
20140231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
31 black and white photographs, 6 tables
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Gender Studies » Womens Studies
History and Social Science » World History » General
Sports and Outdoors » Sports and Fitness » Sociology of Sports
Sports and Outdoors » Sports and Fitness » Sports General

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