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The Question: Do competitive sports tend to make women less feminine?
Jimmy Jemail
October 11, 1954
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October 11, 1954

The Question: Do Competitive Sports Tend To Make Women Less Feminine?

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"What is femininity? I have a handsome 10-year-old son. I simply dote on him. I'm a loving wife and a good cook. I wear expensive clothes and luxurious furs. I own a $5,000 Lincoln Capri. Each day I wear diamonds valued at $30,000 because they always look so new. Am I feminine?"

JOE DIMAGGIO
HOLLYWOOD, CALIF.
EX-BALLPLAYER

"No. I've seen many of the best women stars in competition. And I've talked with them at social functions. They are as feminine as most women. Babe Didrikson, the greatest all-around woman star, is one of the finest women I have ever met. She has great courage, a feminine quality."

MILLICENT McINTOSH
NEW YORK, N.Y.
EDUCATOR

"No. Most of the women athletes are as feminine as other women. Sports tend to give them poise, confidence and self-reliance, but that doesn't lessen their femininity. The few who may not be feminine lack those qualities by nature, not because of any undesirable athletic influence."

JIMMY YOENG
NEW YORK, N.Y.
RESTAURATEUR

"Yes. To be feminine, a woman must be soft and lovely. In old china, women had their feet bound. Feet remained small and the women did not get much exercise. So they remained soft and feminine. Feet are not bound any more. But big muscles are still for the women in the fields."

ESTELLE HOAGLAND
PALM BEACH
FORMER GOLF STAR

"No. You men are old-fashioned. You think that the clinging vine who stays at home is the true feminine type. Today American women compete with men in business, politics and sports. This doesn't lessen physical charm. It heightens women's zest for things, giving them more feminine appeal."

CLAUDE C. VICKREY
NEW YORK, N.Y.
INSURANCE BROKER

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