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Woman Dresses as Man to See Prizefights

April 17, 2010 |  1:25 am

 April 17, 1910, Woman Dresses as Man to See Prizefights 

 April 17, 1910, Woman Prizefight Fan

April 17, 1910: As I have said before, early 20th century Los Angeles is an acquired taste. Many people prefer the ill-defined “noir” period that is written in smoke and shadows – and just as elusive.  Quite honestly, the later eras have nothing that can compare to stories like this one: A first-person account by a woman who loves boxing so much that she dresses up as a man to invade the male sanctum of prizefighting. 

Maud Effinger writes: “I am a clever housekeeper and I can make the best pie in Los Angeles. In fact, I am a ‘perfect lady.’ But the only real thrill there is left in the world is a prizefight. After cats and crochet and shirt waist patterns and afternoon teas, the fierce excitement of this brute strength is glorious. Girls, if women had a chance, they would be worse fight fans than men because they love excitement more.”

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