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Can women be equal to men as long as men are physically stronger? And are men, in fact, stronger?These are key questions that Colette Dowling, author of the bestselling The Cinderella Complex, raises in her provocative new book. The myth of female frailty, with its roots in nineteenth-century medicine and misogyny, has had a damaging effect on women's health, social statusCan women be equal to men as long as men are physically stronger? And are men, in fact, stronger?These are key questions that Colette Dowling, author of the bestselling The Cinderella Complex, raises in her provocative new book. The myth of female frailty, with its roots in nineteenth-century medicine and misogyny, has had a damaging effect on women's health, social status, and physical safety. It is Dowling's controversial thesis that women succumb to societal pressures to appear weak in order to seem more "feminine."The Frailty Myth presents new evidence that girls are weaned from the use of their bodies even before they begin school. By adolescence, their strength and aerobic powers have started to decline unless the girls are exercising vigorously--and most aren't. By sixteen, they have already lost bone density and turned themselves into prime candidates for osteoporosis. They have also been deprived of motor stimulation that is essential for brain growth.Yet as breakthroughs among elite women athletes grow more and more astounding, it begins to appear that strength and physical skill--for all women--is only a matter of learning and training. Men don't have a monopoly on physical prowess; when women and men are matched in size and level of training, the strength gap closes. In some areas, women are actually equipped to outperform men, due partly to differences in body structure, and partly to the newly discovered strengthening benefits of estrogen.Drawing on extensive research in motor development, performance assessment, sports physi-ology, and endocrinology, Dowling presents an astonishing picture of the new physical woman. And she creates a powerful argument that true equality isn't possible until women learn how to stand up for themselves--physically....

Title : The Frailty Myth: Redefining the Physical Potential of Women and Girls
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ISBN : 9780375758157
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 352 Pages
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The Frailty Myth: Redefining the Physical Potential of Women and Girls Reviews

  • Marrysparkle
    2019-03-29 01:12

    Colette Dowling's book is LONG OVERDUE. In The Frailty Myth she provides the reader with a eye opening, informative and simultaneously disheartening look at how young girls, and women in general, are socially and culturally conditioned to live a physically underutilized existence in relation to men. I am a long time reader of feminist literature and I've never really came across anything that comes remotely close to the in-depth sociohistorical investigation into the well-entrenched stereotype, myth, assumption, fallacy that women are less physically capable than men - until now. In fact, the myth is a long standing belief of mine, I must sadly admit. As a child of an immigrant who comes from a religious, third world country, my mother ingrained in me that women are weaker than men, less capable of defending oneself from an physical attack, and so on. Being 5' 2'' myself, I routinely undervalue my physical strength myself. However, this book made me look at the false philosophy in a drastically new light.

  • Izarra Varela
    2019-04-25 07:09

    An important book in the making of my psyche; I read it as a 20-year-old, marathon-running undergrad with a giant chip on my shoulder. I was just thinking about this book the other day, watching a clip from some American gameshow in which a woman (a woman!) conquers an obstacle course that was previously the domain of men alone.We're gaining on you, fellas.

  • Andrea
    2019-04-03 23:57

    This could have been a long essay instead of a book and it would have had the same effect on me. I also couldn't keep from wondering how the statistics presented had changed or updated from when this was published almost 20 years ago.

  • Andrea
    2019-04-09 00:52

    Parts of this book made it very hard to get through. Yet it was still a gat book and brought to light a number of things I had not considered before. I think it accurately traces back to societal expectations the stereotypes that we all take as a given. I myself have been a continual proponent of the frailty myth, without considering the women are more than likely dissuaded from physical activity at such a young age that by the time they are adults, they don't have the history of experience and physical know how to excel.

  • Bellkeyce
    2019-04-13 06:56

    While I highly enjoyed Dowling's research on the history of female physical confinement and the positive effects of sports on women's emotional, mental, financial, and physical health and safety (80% of the top women in fortune 500 positions were in sports in school)I would have liked to see more information on the physiological potential of women. It's widely known that women have much greater endurance than men beating them hands down in ultramarathons or open water swimming and I would've liked to see more information on that.

  • Mon Mor
    2019-04-23 06:11

    Amazing. I am a girl and I practice various fighting styles and this books warms my heart.If you are a girl, you will see how REAL the situations portrayed and discussed are because you have, in fact, been through them many times. The "man are stronger than woman" has been made into a synonynous of "girls are not strong and physically able". This book delves into those ideas and how harmful they are for woman's general health.It's historical, biographical and written in a woman to woman style.

  • Clarissa
    2019-04-23 02:10

    This is my first serious encounter with women's studies. I found myself realizing that I am one of many women that walk around fearful of crime and have never seriously questioned why. I finished this book feeling an sense of urgency about getting myself into shape and wanting the confidence that comes with being aware of the possibility of physical prowess in my own body. [email protected], thank you, thank you, thank you for the (inadvertently) long term loan - this is a book that will change my life.

  • PJ
    2019-04-08 03:00

    This is a must-read for female athletes. It explores the myth the women are physically weak and incapable, tracing the history of the myth and the tremendous possibilities locked in every woman's body and mind. Love this.

  • Story
    2019-04-02 23:04

    I remembered enjoying it very much, but I want to reread it with a keener eye, and then go research-diving. I remember Dowling's arguments as quite convincing, but there's much that I want to lay against other research I've since digested. Also... I never got back the copy I let someone borrow.

  • Ellen
    2019-04-20 05:09

    pretty cool perspective on women and physical strength - how they are viewed, what they are taught about their bodies, how women are treated differently in the olypics.

  • Josey
    2019-03-28 23:03

    An excellent, must-read book, with the caveat that she does not really attend to the intersections of race and class.

  • Lauren
    2019-04-18 05:15

    Another book that I want to recommend to everyone.

  • Lisa
    2019-04-14 04:49

    Lots of great points, a couple of "well, not really though" points around the middle, and the occasional very weird non sequitur. Chapters 1,2,3, and 7 very much recommended!