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The author of the book: Colette Dowling
Edition: Random House
Date of issue: September 5th 2000
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 4.78 MB
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ISBN: 0375502351
ISBN 13: 9780375502354
Language: English

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The 2000 Games in Sydney mark a centenary of women competing in the Olympics. There are more female competitors than in any previous Games, competing in 25 of the 28 events. Twenty-four-year-old Ila Borders, the first woman to play men's pro baseball, already has her jersey hanging in the Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, New York, and dreams of making the majors. Title IX has revolutionized access for women to sports, and we have plenty of sports heroines to look up to. Despite all this, gender biases and stereotypes still persist. Though the (very visible) athletic physiques of Brandi Chastain and Gabrielle Reece may have diversified the repertoire of desirable bodies, one study claims that 80 percent of 11-year-old girls have tried dieting.

In her latest book, The Frailty Myth, Colette Dowling, author of the bestseller The Cinderella Complex, discusses these issues and takes on the idea that women are physically weaker than men. Physical activity is good for women's self-esteem, she argues. In purely biological terms, activity in girls has been shown to protect against the onset of osteoporosis later in life. Physical exertion increases levels of endorphins, which enhance mood. A strong and fit woman is, at a most fundamental sense, able to outrun or fend off an attacker; Dowling cites hair-raising statistics on the number of assaults--large and small--on the female body. And perhaps most important is the psychological edge--exercise gives women and girls a broader sense of competence and confidence that affects the way they relate to the world.

This is a popular history, peppered with anecdotes and rhetorical questions to the reader. It is at times an inspiring read, at other times shocking and depressing. Women have come a long way since the dark days of Charlotte Perkins Gilman, the rest cure, and warnings to parents that educating their daughters could be a threat to reproductive well-being. For Dowling, physical equality is nothing less than "the final stage of women's liberation." --J. Riches




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