Women in Sport: Issues and Controversies

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National Association for Girls and Women in Sport, 2001 - Sports & Recreation - 472 pages

This second edition provides a broad-based survey of topics relevant to girls and women's participation in sport. The contributing authors are leading authorities in their respective disciplines. The topics directly relate to courses in women in sport, gender issues, women's studies, sport in American society, and twentieth century "herstory." Anyone interested in the women's sports movement and issues related to women's opportunities for sports participation should find this text a valuable resource.

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Purely a feminists scope and analysis of the development of female athletes amongst the male population. This is a poorly designed textbook with the most controversial ideas and outlandish theories of the males' behavior and perspective. Possibly due to the number of females that composed this textbook, not to be sexist, but there is little to be seen that complies with actual male behavior. There are plenty of false concepts of males and their attitude towards woman, this text exhibits much of the common beliefs feminists would try to impress upon the general public. One example early in the text is a concept/ theory called "Male Locker-room Rape theory" which basically descibes a randomly selected locker room of study from which males were apparently engaged in a rape suggestive behavior as they are publicly communicating amongst one another the aggressive sexual attitudes they have towards their females friends. That by exhibiting this behavior, that males are all less likely to take their relationships seriously and intimately. I don't know what locker room they "analyzed", or who these "males" were, but I sure as can be don't find this theory any bit logical. It's purely taken out of context to fill the pages of this large and rather bulky compilation of papers with which words appear on them. I did not learn anything from this text except that a one-sided textbook purely written by selected sources provides a very shallow view of society in a dramatic disposition.  

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An Ideological Dilemma
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Lynn Couturier and Stevie Chepko
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Womens Sports From 19201980
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