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Women and Sports

Feminism and Sporting Bodies : Essays on Theory and Practice
by M. Ann Hall

Paperback (December 1995)
Human Kinetics Pub; ISBN: 087322969X
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In These Girls, Hope Is a Muscle
by Madeleine Blais

Paperback - 272 pages Reissue edition (January 1996)
Warner Books; ISBN: 0446672106 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.75 x 8.04 x 5.24
They were a talented team with a near-perfect record but a reputation for choking in the crunch of the state playoffs. Finally, after five straight years of disappointments, the Amherst Lady Hurricanes found they just might have what it took to go all the way. This is a fierce, funny, and intimate look into their minds and hearts during one very special season. A finalist for theNational Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction.
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Pretty Good for a Girl
by Leslie Heywood
Hardcover - 224 pages (September 1998)
Free Press; ISBN: 0684850702 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.92 x 8.76 x 5.73
Leslie Heywood wants to be seen for who she is--by her family, by her coach, and by the boys in her new high school. Of the latter she writes, "They don't see me. They see some blank girl instead, some chick." A talented runner, Heywood quickly finds in the high-school cross-country team a sense of purpose, and eventually some authentic friendships among the group of guys, "long, gangly misfits" who run with her. But that's not enough--this girl is itching for greatness. Faced with family troubles and the pre-Title IX sexism of high school athletics, her drive to conquer her sport grows ferocious. She tears up the mountains in her Arizona town (in 110-degree heat, no less), she piles weights on in the gym "like they were dimes," and, finally, afraid of not being quite fast enough or fat-free enough, she stops eating.

The painful consequences of Heywood's relentless drive toward physical perfection are at the center of this heartfelt memoir. But the moments of exhilaration and strength that running brings to Heywood suggest what women--given the right support--have to gain from participation in athletics. Regardless of her missteps, the author, now a professor and bodybuilder, remembers the boon sport brought to her shaky teenage sense of self. "Running was the way I first carved myself into the world," she writes, "how I learned to claim a space, throw my shoulders back, and fly." --Maria Dolan

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Sporting Females : Critical Issues in the History and Sociology of Women's Sports
by Jennifer Hargreaves
paperback - 331 pages (April 1994)

Routledge; ISBN: 0415070287 ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.18 x 9.22 x 6.16
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The Swimsuit Issue and Sport : Hegemonic Masculinity and Sports Illustrated (Suny Series on Sport, Culture, and Social Relations)
by Laurel R. Davis
Paperback - 168 pages (June 1997)
State Univ of New York Pr; ISBN: 0791433927 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.51 x 8.95 x 5.91
Other Editions: Hardcover

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This study of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue demonstrates how the magazine encourages individual and institutional practices that create and maintain inequality. Laurel Davis illustrates how the interactions of media production, media texts, media consumption, and social context influence meaning. Individuals' interpretations of and reactions to the magazine and influenced by their views about gender and sexuality, views that have been shaped by their social experiences. Based on extensive interviews with Sports Illustrated producers and consumers, as well as analysis of every swimsuit issue from the first in 1964 to those of the 1990s, the book argues that Sports Illustrated uses the swimsuit issue to secure a large male audience by creating a climate of dominant masculinity. This practice produces considerable profit but on the way to the bank tramples women, gays, lesbians, people of color, and residents of the postcolonialized world
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Strong Women, Deep Closets : Lesbians and Homophobia in Sport
by Pat Griffin
Paperback - 264 pages (February 1998)
Human Kinetics Pub; ISBN: 088011729X ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.72 x 9.12 x 6.01
Former athlete and coach Pat Griffin makes a provocative and impassioned call for attention to a topic that has been avoided by women's sports advocates. In Strong Women, Deep Closets, she provides a critical analysis of discrimination and prejudice against lesbians in sport. The book is the first to explore the lesbian sporting experience as well as examine homophobia and heterosexism in women's sport. The work brings to light the experiences of lesbian coaches and athletes in their own words. The author lists obstacles lesbian athletes face in transforming sports and details numerous personal and political strategies for leveling the playing field.

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Women and Sport : Interdisciplinary Perspectives
by D. Margaret Costa (Editor), Sharon R. Guthrie (Editor)
Hardcover - 399 pages (October 1994)
Human Kinetics Pub; ISBN: 0873226860 ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.25 x 9.52 x 7.63
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Women, Sport, and Culture
by  Susan Birell, Cheryl L. Cole (Editor)

Hardcover (June 1994)
Human Kinetics Pub; ISBN: 087322650X
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Women of Steel : Female Bodybuilders and the Struggle for Self-Definition
by Marie R. Lowe
Paperback - 272 pages (January 1998)
New York Univ Pr; ISBN: 081475094X ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.61 x 8.91 x 5.98
Other Editions: Hardcover
An inside look at the fascinating and largely unknown world of women's bodybuilding. Slice-of-life observer Maria R. Lowe introduces us to a world where size and strength must be balanced with a nod toward grace and femininity. For WOMEN OF STEEL, Lowe interviewed more than 100 individuals, from the bodybuilders themselves to trainers, family members, spouses, judges, and sponsors. 20 photos

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