This is a complex area with numerous facets. Here is one:
Since the male culture ice skating conflict is a big part of my daily
existence. I started with these chapters. I made the assertions here on this
newsgroup years ago that culture is a major issue for males in ice skating. In
these well written chapters a question became quite clear to me:
If an emphasis on the "artistic" is a problem for the male participants, then
why does an organization that professes to serve people not resolve the
conflict between expections of society and the demands of the rules?
In other words, if the artistic demands of skating rules place male skaters in
conflict with the overall culture, why not change the rules? If the male
skater could vote, would they vote to revise the rules of the sport. Why is it
that most sports that males participate within don't have this conflict?
Maybe some of the answer to the above is in other parts of the book.
As a recreational male skater I have accidently created a kind of experimental
versus control group situation. One of my groups of sports friends know that I
ice skate and one does not. This has been an interesting experience.
I will point out that the author is a woman writing a book that will be read by
other women for the most part. However, I will wait until I read the chapters
devoted to women before I comment further on this.
Finally, let me say that my ideal is to exchange views and gain understanding
by reading posts by people that are willing to present an interpretation with
supporting reasons. Ideally, the value is in discussing rather than arguing.
One is cooperative and the other is a competitive power struggle. The key from
my training is the ability to develop good open ended questions. I have
presented one question, but I would give it a C-, the best I can do at the