Exercise in the female life-cycle in Britain, 1930-1970 / Eilidh Macrae.  (Text) (Text)

Macrae, Eilidh
Call no.: GV709.18.G7 M33 2016Series: Palgrave studies in sport and politics: Publication: London : Palgrave Macmillan, c2016Description: xi, 254 pISBN: 9781137583185; 1137583185Subject(s): Sports for women -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th centuryExercise for women -- History -- 20th centuryExercise for women -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th centuryWomen -- Health and hygiene -- History -- 20th centuryWomen -- Health and hygiene -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th centuryBody image -- History -- 20th centuryFeminine beauty (Aesthetics)LOC classification: GV709.18.G7 | M33 2016
Contents:Introduction -- Physical education experiences -- Experiencing exercise as a young woman -- Pregnancy, menstruation, and active women -- Exercise during marriage and motherhood -- Conclusion.
Summary: This book examines how adolescence, menstruation and pregnancy were experienced or 'managed' by active women in Britain between 1930 and 1970, and how their athletic life-styles interacted with their working lives, marriage and motherhood. It explores the gendered barriers which have influenced women's sporting experiences. Women's lives have always been shaped by the socially and physically constructed life-cycle, and this is all the more apparent when we look at female exercise. Even self-proclaimed 'sporty' women have had to negotiate obstacles at various stages of their lives to try and maintain their athletic identity. So how did women overcome these obstacles to gain access to exercise in a time when the sportswoman was not an image society was wholly comfortable with? Oral history testimony and extensive archival research show how the physically and socially constructed female life-cycle shaped women's experiences of exercise and sport throughout these decades. --
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 235-254) and index.

Introduction -- Physical education experiences -- Experiencing exercise as a young woman -- Pregnancy, menstruation, and active women -- Exercise during marriage and motherhood -- Conclusion.

This book examines how adolescence, menstruation and pregnancy were experienced or 'managed' by active women in Britain between 1930 and 1970, and how their athletic life-styles interacted with their working lives, marriage and motherhood. It explores the gendered barriers which have influenced women's sporting experiences. Women's lives have always been shaped by the socially and physically constructed life-cycle, and this is all the more apparent when we look at female exercise. Even self-proclaimed 'sporty' women have had to negotiate obstacles at various stages of their lives to try and maintain their athletic identity. So how did women overcome these obstacles to gain access to exercise in a time when the sportswoman was not an image society was wholly comfortable with? Oral history testimony and extensive archival research show how the physically and socially constructed female life-cycle shaped women's experiences of exercise and sport throughout these decades. --

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