Throwing Like a Girl: Martial Arts and Norms of Feminine Body Comportment

International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics 9 (2):92-114 (2016)
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Abstract

Although women have long been participants in martial arts and other contact sports, the introduction of a women’s division in the Ultimate Fighting Challenge in 2012 brought women in combat sports into the media spotlight in an arguably unprecedented way. Yet, the increasing acceptance of women’s participation in combat sports does not necessarily mean that these sports are equally accessible to people of all genders. This article, extending insights from Iris Marion Young’s “Throwing Like a Girl,” will argue that the modalities of feminine bodily existence pose barriers to women’s success in combat sports. Young discusses ways in...

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