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Qualifying Times: Points of Change in U.S. Women's Sport

Jaime Schultz


This perceptive, lively study explores U.S. women's sport through historical “points of change”: particular products or trends that dramatically influenced both women's participation in sport and cultural responses to women athletes. Beginning with the seemingly innocent ponytail, the subject of the Introduction, the book challenges the reader to look at the historical and sociological significance of now-common items such as sports bras and tampons and ideas such as sex testing and competitive cheerleading. Tennis wear, tampons, and sports bras all facilitated women's participation in physica ... More

Keywords: U.S. women, women athletes, sports bra, tampons, competitive cheerleading, sex testing, femininity, aesthetic fitness, gender differentiation, female athlete

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780252038167
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252038167.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jaime Schultz, author
The Pennsylvania State University