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By M.D. Bialeschki

A transforming into physique of women's reports literature and relaxation literature exists. This detailed ebook brings jointly those components in a manner that permits the reader to view women's rest from numerous views assisting to supply possibilities for equality, integrity and freedom of selection inside rest.

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Whether or not camping was a leisure experience for some women is questionable. Much of the existing historical literature addresses the leisure activities of women without looking at how women perceived those activities. In this section, the growth of women’s involvement in various recreation activities, particularly sport, is addressed. While it may be true that not all traditional recreation activities were actually experienced as leisure by all women, these activities and women’s participation in them have had an influence on women’s lives.

The Victorian Ideal Women have been perceived as the weaker sex. 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.

I earnestly want to point out in what true dignity and human happiness consists—I wish to persuade women to endeavor to acquire strength, both of mind and body… Mary Wollstonecraft, 1792, “The Rights of Women” (in A Wollstonecraft Anthology, 1977, p. 86). Just as women have always worked, women have also always had leisure. These concepts of work and leisure, however, have not been necessarily embodied in the same way for women as for men. When analyzing the past two hundred years of American history, it may be difficult to understand the leisure of women.

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