Artistic Impressions: Figure Skating, Masculinity, and the by Mary Louise Adams

By Mary Louise Adams

In modern North the United States, determine skating ranks one of the such a lot 'feminine' of activities and few boys take it up for worry of being labelled effeminate or homosexual. but determine skating used to be an solely male hobby - ladies didn't skate in major numbers until eventually the past due 1800s, at the least a century after the founding of the 1st skating membership. purely within the Thirties did determine skating start to collect its female image.

Artistic Impressions is the 1st historical past to track determine skating's notable transformation from gentlemen's artwork to 'girls' sport.' With a spotlight on masculinity, Mary Louise Adams examines how skating's evolving gender identification has been mirrored at the ice and within the media, principles, process, and magnificence and at ongoing debates in regards to the position of 'art' in activity. Uncovering the little identified background of skating, Artistic Impressions exhibits how rules approximately recreation, gender, and sexuality have mixed to restrict the varieties of actual expression to be had to men.

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