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

By Mary Louise Adams

In modern North the USA, determine skating ranks one of the so much 'feminine' of activities and few boys take it up for worry of being labelled effeminate or homosexual. but determine skating was an solely male hobby - girls didn't skate in major numbers till the overdue 1800s, a minimum of a century after the founding of the 1st skating membership. basically within the Thirties did determine skating start to collect its female image.

Artistic Impressions is the 1st background to track determine skating's awesome transformation from gentlemen's paintings 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, ideas, procedure, and magnificence and at ongoing debates concerning the position of 'art' in recreation. Uncovering the little identified heritage of skating, Artistic Impressions exhibits how rules approximately activity, gender, and sexuality have mixed to restrict the varieties of actual expression on hand to men.

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