By M.D. Bialeschki
A starting to be physique of women's reports literature and relaxation literature exists. This specified ebook brings jointly those parts in a fashion that permits the reader to view women's relaxation from a number of views aiding to supply possibilities for equality, integrity and freedom of selection inside of relaxation.
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The impulse for organizing arose whenever an urgent social need was perceived and remained unmet. Social movements such as the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, the anti-slavery movement, the settlement house movement, the birth control movement, the American Equal Rights Association, and the National Woman Suffrage Association, were examples of types of “righteous” concerns that women felt were within their realm of concern. The growth in women’s clubs and especially women’s involvement in the abolition movement were central to the emergence of the first American feminist movement.
How might a feminist perspective aid in the exploration and understanding of women’s leisure? In what ways might leisure serve to empower women? How may/does leisure reinforce traditional gender stereotypes of males and females? Are gender and sex the major factors distinguishing a leisure experience? Discuss what other factors might influence this experience. What can a social-psychological perspective add to our understanding of women and leisure? A Historical Perspective 19 THE IDEAL WOMAN: A HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE ON WOMEN’S LEISURE What is certain is that hitherto woman’s possibilities have been suppressed and lost to humanity, and that it is high time she be permitted to take her chances in her own interest and in the interest of all.
While leisure rights were not a primary focus of the major women’s organizations, most of the groups did give some attention to the leisure needs of women, particularly for physical activity. Often, this attention to women’s leisure was connected to the larger rights issues. For example, Stanton criticized the traditional clothing of women as a detriment to physical activity and therefore, the health of women: How can you…ever compete with man for equal place and pay with garments of such frail fabrics and so curiously fashioned, and how can you ever hope to enjoy the same health and vigor with men, so long as the waist is pressed into the smallest compass, pounds of clothing hung on the 34 A Leisure of One’s Own hips, the limbs cramped with skirts, and with high heels the whole woman is thrown out of her true equilibrium (Stanton, Anthony, & Gage, 1889, p.