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Physical Education for Soviet Boys and Girls

Sovmestnye igry mal’chikov i devochek podrostkov: o sovmestnom fizicheskom vospitanii podrostkov [Joint games for young boys and girls: about the joint physical education of young adults]. Biblioteka pionerrabotnika [Library of the pioneer leader, series title].

Moscow-Leningrad: Molodaia gvardiia, 1930. Octavo (17 × 12.3 cm). Original typographically formatted printed wrappers; 136, [8] pp. Very good.

A guidebook for guides of the Russian Pioneer movement, in charge of the physical and athletic development of children and young adults. While acknowledging biological differences between the two sexes, the book stresses the importance of upbringing and the family environment for creating further unnecessary division between boys and girls. The author provides information on the anatomy and muscular development of children, sport and games as an educational factor, and introduces a broad range of movements and games, including summer and winter games, sports, and activities meant to be done by both girls and boys. The final chapter also touches on the ongoing struggle against outdated notions of hygiene and sanitation, which further hinder the proper physical development of children. The book also mentions the factor of childhood sexuality and the effect of unhealthy gender dynamics and violence at home on playful interactions between boys and girls. It is striking how overtly many of these physical exercises are linked with the future ability of children to carry out various kinds of physical labor. Also included is a short bibliography (in addition to many works cited in the footnotes throughout). As of May 2020, not traced in KVK, OCLC.

Book ID: 50739

Price: $650.00