By M.D. Bialeschki
A turning out to be physique of women's reports literature and rest literature exists. This special booklet brings jointly those components in a manner that enables the reader to view women's relaxation from a number of views supporting to supply possibilities for equality, integrity and freedom of selection inside relaxation.
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Additional info for A Leisure of One's Own: A feminist perspective on women's leisure
Often this perception was based on biological structural observations which showed that women in general had narrower and smaller shoulder girdles and broader pelvic girdles than men. This perception was believed to make “running, throwing, striking, and climbing activities more difficult for her than the typical man” (Bowers, 1934). Because of these physical differences between the sexes, many ideas evolved to help explain the perceived differences. These explanations were often mythically based and attributed to Mother Nature and to mystery.
Much of women’s leisure was still centered within the home and was a function of family and sex-role expectations. It was not until the social tumult of the 1960–1970s that recreation and leisure for women was perceived as an issue of freedom and equality. Gains in recreation activity for women in North America were reflective of the societal changes in attitudes wrought by continued social reforms based on the revived feminist and equal rights movement, the civil rights movement of the 1960s, and the increased social awareness and commitment to change of the 1970s.
For example, medical research conducted by Dickinson (1887) showed that the corset exerted pressure between 30–80 pounds which weakened the abdominal wall and displaced and damaged the liver. Yet, some women defied the restrictions of dress and risked being perceived as less than womanly in order to pursue their leisure interests. A Historical Perspective 23 Mary Shaffer, one of the explorers of the Canadian Rockies in the early 1900s commented: Why must they settle so absolutely upon the fact, that the lover of the hills and the wilderness drops the dainty ways and habits with the conventional garments and becomes something of coarser mould?