My Life at the Gym: Feminist Perspectives on Community Through the Body

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  • Copyright: 2010-01-07
  • Publisher: State Univ of New York Pr
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Very often, my workouts are the best part of my day,” notes feminist writer Jo Malin. My Life at the Gym celebrates women’s experiences of exercise and the found spaces for this activity as places of community with other women. Neither elite athletes nor dancers, the contributors to this volume are well aware of the negative cultural messages about women’s bodies that may influence body work. Yet, like many women, they have found comfortable and healthful spaces that allow them to enjoy exercise and take care of the physical needs of their bodies. Through diverse essays, personal accounts, and poems, contributors portray everyday lives in which meaning comes from movement and from the companions they move with in a variety of activities from running, walking, swimming, and skiing to boxing, Morris dancing, and yoga, among others. A unique, positive, and largely unremarked view of exercise and its place in women’s lives, this book will resonate with and inspire many readers.

Author Biography

Jo Malin is a Project Director and Grants and Grants Specialist in the School of Education and Adjunct Assistant Professor of English at Binghamton $$$ State University of New York. She is the author of The Voice of the $$$. Embedded Maternal Narratives in Twentieth-Century Women's $$$ and the coeditor (with Victoria Boynton) of Encyclopedia $$$ Women, Writing and Solitude.

Table of Contents

List of Figuresp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
The Dance
An Elegy for Dancingp. 19
Kaleidoscope Dancesp. 31
From Ballet to Boxing: The Evolution of a Female Athletep. 43
The Women's Dancep. 61
The Gym, Weight Room, Studio, And Pool
You Spin Me Right Round, Baby: Resistance, Potential, and Feminist Pedagogy in Indoor Cyclingp. 65
Beyond the Lone Images of the Superhuman Strongwoman and Well-Built Bombshell toward a New Communal Vision of Muscular Womenp. 79
Enduring Imagesp. 91
The Gymnastics Groupp. 95
Gym Interruptedp. 101
Naked Truthp. 111
Women's Yoga: A Multigenre Meditation on Language and the Bodyp. 117
On The Road, the Slopes, and the Lake
"Messing about in Boats": Rowing as l'Écriture Fémininep. 125
Women Who Ski with Dogsp. 135
If These Roads Could Talk: Life as a Woman on the Runp. 145
Walking is an Exercise in Friendshipp. 151
Marathonp. 155
List of Contributorsp. 157
Indexp. 161
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