Sociology of Sport Journal
In analyzing the data from a questionnaire survey of 205 competitive women bodybuilders conducted by the International Federation of Body-Builders, the authors attempt to find out how these women define their roles. What emerges from the analysis is a new concept of femininity that combines aspects of the traditional definitions with added dimensions of muscularity and body symmetry. They see muscularity, fitness, strength, and health as increasing their femininity, adding to their attractiveness as women, and increasing their sex appeal to men. They do not see themselves as emulating men. Relatively few see themselves as feminists or androgynists.
Self-perception; Women bodybuilders
Citation: Pilot Scholars Version (Modified MLA Style)
Duff, Robert W. and Hong, Lawrence K., "Self-Images of Women Bodybuilders" (1984). Sociology and Social Work Faculty Publications and Presentations. Paper 1.