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I wonder, are there any sports that started as a women's sport and in a later period played by men (and accepted widely)?

I believe all major sports I know was initially male-oriented (or at least first few games played by men), then later women started to play.

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    I was almost writing an answer about Roller Derby as I thought it was first a female sports before spreading as a mixed/male sports. I was wrong... it has been indeed revivaled by women in the 2000s but was male sports first in the 30s. – Bebs Apr 4 '17 at 14:31
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Netball as a sport was developed exclusively for women (who couldn't be expected to run in long skirts, and therefore couldn't play basketball; this is the origin of the no-running-with-ball rule).

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    While this is true, is netball played by men to any significant extent today? If not, it doesn't fit the criteria as defined in the question. – Philip Kendall Mar 29 '16 at 21:19
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    Men play netball, and it's widely accepted. Nothing in the question suggests men playing it is widely done, which is a separate condition altogether. – Nij Mar 29 '16 at 23:34
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    Social Netball in NZ, Aus and UK (and perhaps others) have the concept of mixed gender netball where at least 2 or 3 (out of 6 or 7) players must be from the other gender. – aqwert Apr 4 '17 at 0:59
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Synchronised swimming was exclusively a women's sport from its first appearance at the World Aquatics Championships in 1973 until 2015 when mixed duet categories were introducted. The earlier (pre-1954) history of synchronised swimming does include male participation, but for many years it was a female only activity.

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