Sports and Male Domination: The Female Athlete as Contested Ideological Terrain

  title={Sports and Male Domination: The Female Athlete as Contested Ideological Terrain},
  author={Michael A. Messner},
  journal={Sociology of Sport Journal},
  • M. Messner
  • Published 1 September 1988
  • Education
  • Sociology of Sport Journal
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