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Barbara Lloyd McMichael — Oct 29th, The American women's soccer victory this past summer was the latest opportunity for the media to discover - once again - that women have gotten off the sidelines and onto the field. In their new book "Whatever It Takes," the Olympia women have teamed up to showcase women's active participation in sports by compiling an anthology of essays written by the athletes themselves over the last century-plus.
This is not croquet. From baseball to rowing to yacht racing, female athletes are pushing themselves and competing against others with the same sweaty zest that once was thought to be exclusive to men. Sports minded women glimpses of women's forays into nontraditional for women sports are fascinating and do much to dispel any lingering prejudices regarding women's "place" in sports. On the other hand, "Whatever It Takes" proves that a woman need not throw herself headlong into some contact sport to consider herself a jock.
Novelist Jewelle Gomez writes about learning to swim, while Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Maxine Kumin reflects on the connection between swimming and writing. One woman likes powerlifting. Another likes rock climbing. Still another relies on a simple morning run. It turns out that sport means different things to different people: discipline, continuity, challenge, camaraderie and fun! For a real rib-tickler, catch Holly Morris' of her softball team's stinker of a debut season in a Seattle Parks league.
One of the great pleasures of this book is its inclusion of essays from days long past.
At the turn of the last century, several decades before the advantages of Title IX, enthusiasts were promoting sports of various kinds for women, including baseball, football and track. In an essay dating tofor instance, reform-er Frances E. Sports minded women advocates bike riding as a marvelous choice of exercise for women of all ages - it was a skill she herself learned at the ripe age of It is an eye-opener to learn of these women's experiences firsthand, instead of through the filter of sportswriters who even today persist in clinging to the cliches and diminutions of yesteryear.
Sandoz edited a anthology on women's competitive athletics in "A Whole Other Ball Game" focused on women's fiction and poetry. Although "Whatever It Takes" stands on its own, it is being billed as a companion volume. If that is the case, I believe the poetry selections could have been left out of this new collection without any ill effect. They tend to disrupt the flow. Because once you wander past the very Asian ghosts, superstitions, saluta-tions and English-as-a-second-language locutions, the Military analysts say that resistence to gays is so strong in the military that it has made the issue of women in combat more palatable.
By Carol Byrne Minneapolis-St. Shawna Coffey lifts 7-month-old Logan as he watches his mother, Pamela McCarthy, taking a break from moving boxes into their new home. Logan McCarthy, 7-months-old, plays in the floor of his new home as his mother, Pamela McCarthy, moves in boxes. Marilyn Brandenburg The equation is simple: To reduce the of rapes, you must reduce the potential for rape, psychologists say. At the University of Arkansas, that Sports minded women meant setting up workshops on date rape and mandating attendance for athletes.
John's University has mandatory Do women get less desirable as they get more successful? This comes as no surprise to Joli Sandoz and Joby Winans, though. Portland's Rene Denfeld talks about her captivation with boxing. Grace Butcher exults in motorcycle racing. Helen Vozenilek wrestles and writes about it. Physical exertion and the accompanying mind games come in many forms. More Reading Women's military roles changing quietly Jul 2nd, Military analysts say that resistence to gays is so strong in the military that it has made the issue of women in combat more palatable.
Experts differ on how to reduce rapes by athletes Aug 1st, The equation is simple: To reduce the of rapes, you must reduce the potential for rape, psychologists say.Sports minded women
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