Medieval Precedent for Women Playing Bowls

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Title

Medieval Precedent for Women Playing Bowls

Subject

women, women in sport, medieval women, bowls, bowling, Pepys, unfeminine, feminine, femininity, medieval precedents, medieval precedent, sport, sports, recreation, leisure, popular culture, exercise

Description

The ‘new phenomenon’ of women participating in sport post World War I is discussed at length. The writer argues that women are physically capable of participating in some sports. The counterpoints to this argument are that they could suffer a loss of femininity from over-developed muscles, that women are
not as competitive as men, and that women are invading the traditional and non-negotiable spaces of men’s sport. The precedent for women’s involvement in sport is cited as the medieval fashion of aristocratic women playing bowls, as quoted from Shakespeare’s Richard II. Samuel Pepys also was supposed to have ‘played at bowls’ with his wife.

Creator

Unknown

Source

National Library of Australia

Publisher

The Sydney Morning Herald

Date

27 September 1934

Rights

National Library of Australia

Document Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Newspaper Article; PDF

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17134200

Citation

“Medieval Precedent for Women Playing Bowls,” Medievalism in Australian Cultural Memory, accessed October 15, 2019, http://ausmed.arts.uwa.edu.au/items/show/368.