Tiger Girls On The Soccer Field
Scholar Hilary Levey Friedman investigates how parental decisions result in different classed forms of femininity for girls who learn to be either “graceful girls” through dance, “aggressive girls” through soccer, or “pink warrior girls” through chess. She finds that parents higher up in the hierarchy of the middle class promote a more aggressive femininity, and we see this with both soccer and chess.
More from Hilary Levey Friedman
- When Did Competitive Sports Take Over American Childhood?, The Atlantic.
- The Problem With Prize Culture, TIME.
- Should Kids Diversify or Specialize After School?, Psychology Today
This article features artwork by Sam Grinberg. Sam is a cartoonist and animator currently producing his own comic book series. You can view his work at www.samgrinberg.com.