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Don't Call Me a Cowgirl

September 13, 2009 | 12:40 pm

Sept. 3, 1969, Beverly Chandler
Photograph by the Los Angeles Times

Beverly Chandler shows her skill in roping in a 1969 photo.

Gwen Sharp, who blogs at Sociological Images, picked up the Daily Mirror post on Beverly Chandler, who worked on Rancho Mission Viejo.

Gwen writes: Now, if this was just an historical curiosity, I wouldn’t have posted it. But the thing is, we still see this type of emphasis on the femininity of women who succeed at things we consider “men’s work.” For instance, see this post on WNBA player Candace Parker, or Lisa’s post about Caster Semenya. Or even just compare the uniforms of male and female athletes.  We’re more comfortable with women who break some gender rules as long as they maintain their femininity by following other rules.