Frailty Myth Haunts Women

‘Get more women into sport through cheerleading – it’s feminine’, says sports minister Helen GrantCurrently 1.8 million fewer women than men take part in regular sport. In an interview with The Telegraph’s WonderWomen website, she said: “[Women] don’t have to feel unfeminine. “There are some wonderful sports which you can do and perform to a very high level and I think those participating look absolutely radiant and very feminine such as ballet, gymnastics, cheerleading and even roller-skating.

HELEN GRANT’S BREATHTAKINGLY OUT-OF DATE PRONOUNCEMENT RECALLS THE KIND OF FALSEHOODS ABOUT WOMEN THAT CIRCULATED FOR MUCH OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY. READ ABOUT THIS IN A NEW YORK TIMES ARTICLE FROM 1999 THAT REPORTED RESEARCH ON WHAT I CALLED “THE FRAILTY MYTH” …

ESSAY; Frailty Myth Haunts Women in SportsIn a recent article published in The British Journal of Sports Medicine, a sociologist proposed a theory that could launch a thousand hours of talk-radio discussion.

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