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Women in Weapon Land: The Rise of International Women's Fencing

Abstract : The world of weapons has always been male dominated both on the battlefield and in sport. Competitive fencing, born as mimicry of duels, developed throughout the 20 th Century as a symbol of masculinity, an embodiment of the notion of manhood and an expression of men's virility. Surprisingly however, female fencing was accepted into the Olympic programme in Paris in 1924, before many other sports, as a result of an ambiguity in the regulations of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Fencing Federation (FIE). The full integration of female fencing took much longer according to the diverse weapons used in the competitions.
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Thierry Terret, Cécile Ottogalli. Women in Weapon Land: The Rise of International Women's Fencing. International Journal of the History of Sport, 2012, 29 (2), pp.286-301. ⟨10.1080/09523367.2012.641224⟩. ⟨hal-03820096⟩



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