A Leisure of One's Own: A feminist perspective on women's by M.D. Bialeschki

By M.D. Bialeschki

A growing to be physique of women's stories literature and relaxation literature exists. This designated publication brings jointly those components in a fashion that permits the reader to view women's relaxation from a number of views supporting to supply possibilities for equality, integrity and freedom of selection inside of relaxation.

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Much of this community-building appeared to be a leisure experience for the women involved. In the United States, the late 1800s and early 1900s were years filled with social reforms, and women were instrumental to the success of many of these movements. These movements were often based on compassion, spirituality, and concern for improving the quality of family life which were characteristics of a proper lady. For many women the transition from the private sphere of the home to the public sphere of political action was tenuous, yet justifiable when viewed as an extension of the prescribed roles of women.

An American, Miss Stanley, earned first place honors (and $1634) by pedaling 624 miles and two laps (“Women on Bicycles,” 1889). However, women’s racing was brought to an end as a result of social pressure and by the efforts of the influential American Wheelmen’s Bicycling Club which did not approve of contests among females. As women continued to demand and take their place in the world of physical activity at the end of the 19th century, they took a big step toward their personal and collective freedom.

For example, in colonial society marriage and motherhood were the expected life pattern for women, and marriage and fatherhood were expected of men. In industrial society, there was a decisive shift. Fatherhood became connected with a man’s successful performance in labor and business as a way of showing that he could provide for his family. Marriage and motherhood remained the societally approved career for a woman. Thus, the world of men, work, and business became physically separated from the domestic sphere, and motherhood and the “work” associated with that role remained the world of women (Lerner, 1977).

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