feb25lec - 2/25 Women and Athletics: 1920-1945 Michella M....

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2/25 Women and Athletics: 1920-1945 Michella M. Marino Babe Didrickson Zaharias: Same woman in both images; new imager- more “feminine,” older image- would be perceived as “mannish” Elite athlete, wanted to excel and become the greatest athlete ever Realized later she needed to be more “feminine” to prevent the negative publicity and scrutiny Background: Long history in sports Light exercise Competition- women were to only play for pleasure, playing competitively was strictly for men Class/ race- affected type of sports women were supposed to play, class inhibited women from playing sports that the elite upper class had access to Inherent contradiction between woman and athlete Woman’s colleges- great for athletics, separated from men, healthy lifestyle for women New woman Modified sport What is appropriate for women? Will it affect reproductive system? Is it safe for their bodies? 2 schools of thought
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