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 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 - ladies didn't skate in major numbers till the past due 1800s, no less than a century after the founding of the 1st skating membership. merely within the Nineteen Thirties did determine skating start to gather its female image.

Artistic Impressions is the 1st historical past to track determine skating's impressive transformation from gentlemen's paintings to 'girls' sport.' With a spotlight on masculinity, Mary Louise Adams examines how skating's evolving gender id has been mirrored at the ice and within the media, taking a look at principles, procedure, and elegance and at ongoing debates in regards to the position of 'art' in activity. Uncovering the little identified background of skating, Artistic Impressions indicates how rules approximately activity, gender, and sexuality have mixed to restrict the sorts of actual expression to be had to men.

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