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

By Susan K Cahn

Acclaimed on the grounds that its unique booklet, Coming on Strong has develop into a much-cited touchstone in scholarship on girls and activities. during this re-creation, Susan okay. Cahn updates her specific heritage of women's activity and the struggles over gender, sexuality, race, type, and coverage that experience frequently 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 less than sustained attack.

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They benefited not only from the new interest in sport but from the wider set of cultural changes that gave birth to the flapper era. It was in this period that middle-class women shed the vestiges of Victorian reserve to explore new social behaviors in the cafes, clubs, and dancehalls that made up urban nightlife. 13 Particularly important were the changes in sexual morals and manners that accompanied the expansion of consumer culture. Middle-class Americans of the post-World War I era joined working-class youth in a pleasure-filled world of commercial recreation and nightlife, in the process making a decisive break with the sexual values of an earlier era.

Within a single two-week period, her Bloomer Girls played a Sunday school team from Grace Presbyterian, a local boys' team, and the "Hebrew Maidens" from Chicago's Hebrew Institute. In a threegame series against a Chicago boys' team, she created excitement by substituting a white pitcher and catcher for her usual black battery. The admission charge of twenty-five cents helped raise money for travel to Michigan and other nearby states, where the Bloomer Girls took on opponents of both genders and different ages and races.

21 While women's baseball attracted attention as a novelty event, tennis had a more genteel reputation and was popular among the small black middle class. Private clubs like Chicago's Prairie Tennis Club hosted citywide tournaments and developed local talent for the national African American women's championship established in 1917 by the Amateur Tennis Association (ATA). 22 Though nurtured in "society circles," African American tennis appears to have welcomed talented players from any background.

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