KIN 161 Lecture – Gender in Sport History
Who writes history?
o Victors = people in society with power and knowledge about how to
write and how to preserve
o What about perspectives of those with less power?
o Soldiers who fought the battles
How do we know history?
o Artifacts (paintings, sculptures, buildings, etc.)
o Film fragments/movies
Mainly white upper-class (European) people ‘making’ history
o Historical Context
Industrial Revolution: shift from agrarian to industrial society
Work in factories – move to cities
Entertainment industries boomed
Suffrage! – women in the US got the vote in 1920
More leisure and job opportunities for women
Urbanisation + increase in leisure opportunities => more
performers, dancers, actors, singers… aerialists!
o Visual media like photography and cinema shaped perceptions about
how women were supposed to look and behave
o Gender is constructed or ‘performed’
o Race, gender and class always intersect, though take on different
roles/importance depending on context and individual situation
o 3 consequences of women’s increas