By M.D. Bialeschki

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ISBN-13: 9780203210116

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A turning out to be physique of women's reviews literature and relaxation literature exists. This exact ebook brings jointly those components in a fashion that permits the reader to view women's rest from numerous views aiding to supply possibilities for equality, integrity and freedom of selection inside of relaxation.

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An example of this type of organization that was operated within women’s free time and often for leisure and recreational reasons was the black women’s clubs. The virtual absence of social welfare institutions in many southern United States communities and the frequent exclusion of blacks from those that existed, prompted black women to found orphanages, old folks’ homes, day-care centers, nursery schools, and other educational institutions. These black education institutions often became the centers for community organizations, women’s activities, and a network of supporting institutions.

Only when the colleges began to develop programs of physical activities for women did team sports develop. These colleges had parallel kinds of clubs for sports as were found in the general society, but college clubs had competitions for females only and even male spectators were not welcome. For 38 A Leisure of One’s Own example, the first intercollegiate women’s basketball game was between Berkeley and Stanford on April 4,1896. Only women were allowed to observe the game because it was not considered proper for men to see women sweating from vigorous effort As documented in the newspaper the following day: A man looked in at one of the windows.

This accusation was threatening to many women who did not want the stigma to interfere with the rest of their lives. Thus, the homophobic attitudes deterred some girls and women from active pursuits, especially in sports. From the ensuing conflict between the stereotypic views of femininity and a woman’s desire to pursue “non-traditional” leisure interests arose the “female apologetic”. These “apologetic” women often tried to avoid being labeled as deviant by assuming the seemingly insurmountable task of trying to remain feminine and yet excel in non-traditional leisure pursuits.

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