chapter  9
Olympic women
A struggle for recognition
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This chapter looks at the history of the modern Olympic Games, characterized as the most prestigious of all international sports competitions. There is a popular tendency to idealize the Olympics and to ignore that they have always been imbued with extreme expressions of male chauvinism and enduring examples of female subordination. The particular difficulties of Olympic sports for women have tended to be exaggerated examples of problems and complexities intrinsic to women's sports in general.