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Title:
Coming on strong : gender and sexuality in twentieth-century women's sport
Author:
Cahn, Susan K.
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Edition:
First Harvard University Press paperback edition.
Publication Information:
Cambridge : Harvard University Press, 1995.

©1994
Physical Description:
x, 358 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780674144347
Format :
Book

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Summary

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 20th 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 brander her mannish or lesbian. Ultimately, she altered the perception of sport as an exclusively male domain.


Table of Contents

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