For Her Own Good: Legal Justifications Used to Exclude Women and Girls from Sports

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Title:
For Her Own Good: Legal Justifications Used to Exclude Women and Girls from Sports
Author:
Schmit, Emily
Issue Date:
2008
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
Using Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and a review of the history of sport in the United States, this thesis provides a critical feminist analysis of how the legal system perpetuates and justifies sport as a male domain. The gender hierarchy in sport continues to be supported through the interpretation of the law meant to rectify gender disparities. The analysis of legal records in this thesis demonstrates that cultural and social beliefs regarding women and sport are evident in the construction of the law and impacts court rulings. Title IX and its subsequent interpretations and regulations, specifically, the Contact Sports Exemption, are manipulated in an unconstitutional manner reinforcing the traditionally male dominated institution of sport. This thesis argues that despite the nondiscrimination intent and purpose of Title IX, false assumptions about gender are perpetuated within the law and make gender equality in sport difficult, if not impossible.
Type:
text; Electronic Thesis
Keywords:
Title IX; sports; history of women in sports; athletics; law; Contact Sports Exemption
Degree Name:
MA
Degree Level:
masters
Degree Program:
Women's Studies; Graduate College
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Committee Chair:
Croissant, Jennifer L.

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dc.language.isoENen_US
dc.titleFor Her Own Good: Legal Justifications Used to Exclude Women and Girls from Sportsen_US
dc.creatorSchmit, Emilyen_US
dc.contributor.authorSchmit, Emilyen_US
dc.date.issued2008en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractUsing Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and a review of the history of sport in the United States, this thesis provides a critical feminist analysis of how the legal system perpetuates and justifies sport as a male domain. The gender hierarchy in sport continues to be supported through the interpretation of the law meant to rectify gender disparities. The analysis of legal records in this thesis demonstrates that cultural and social beliefs regarding women and sport are evident in the construction of the law and impacts court rulings. Title IX and its subsequent interpretations and regulations, specifically, the Contact Sports Exemption, are manipulated in an unconstitutional manner reinforcing the traditionally male dominated institution of sport. This thesis argues that despite the nondiscrimination intent and purpose of Title IX, false assumptions about gender are perpetuated within the law and make gender equality in sport difficult, if not impossible.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Thesisen_US
dc.subjectTitle IXen_US
dc.subjectsportsen_US
dc.subjecthistory of women in sportsen_US
dc.subjectathleticsen_US
dc.subjectlawen_US
dc.subjectContact Sports Exemptionen_US
thesis.degree.nameMAen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineWomen's Studiesen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.chairCroissant, Jennifer L.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberCroissant, Jennifer L.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberMacCorquodale, Patriciaen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberMassaro, Tonien_US
dc.contributor.committeememberKorn, Janeen_US
dc.identifier.proquest2753en_US
dc.identifier.oclc659749785en_US
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