Tagged: feminism

I love training with other women

I love training with other women. I get to train with guys all the time. Most of the time, I train with pretty much only men.  That’s why I say in particular: I love training with women! It’s an experience...

Screencap from Stuff You Missed in History class featuring three previews of recent podcasts. A black and white photo of a woman in a uniform for a WWII Women Service Pilots story, an old black and white illustration of a woman knitting for a podcast on the history of knitting, and a colorful old illustration of a many-masted sailing ship for a piece on the legendary Zheng He.

5 Inspiring Websites About Awesome Women Stuff

I did not know what to call this post. The list has blogs, a webcomic, a YouTube channel, and other stuff. So Awesome Women Stuff seemed about as apt as anything else! None of them are really martial arts related,...

Women Only Martial Arts Spaces Part III

This is the third in a multi-part series where I look into the meaning of women-only spaces in martial arts. In the first and second parts, I pulled some historical and recent-history examples of women-only martial arts spaces and talked a...

The Early History of New Zealand Women Police

And now an interlude to learn a bit about how women came to be police officers in New Zealand. As everything like this, it took a great deal of work on the part of women, work still being done today....

Black Belt Woman Magazine (1975)

Women’s Rights movements are often tied closely to martial arts and self-defense.  Freedom from gendered violence such as domestic abuse, street harassment, and sexual assault are frequently the focal point of activists, who in the actual course of their work face...

femininity

When I started karate I had long hair. This led to me braiding it out of the way before class and this turned out to be very meditative for me. As I braided my hair I put away the day...

Top Posts of 2014

I started this blog in March 2014 after about a year after the Tumblr got going, so I don’t have a full year of posts.  But the new year is a time for reflecting on the past and looking forward!...

Follow Up: Culture of Exclusion

I think last week’s post The Culture of Exclusion Is Deliberate could benefit from more detail. In that article, I claimed that gender discrimination in martial arts is pervasive and deliberately enforced,  and that in order to counteract it efforts for...

The Culture of Exclusion Is Deliberate

I sometimes get push-back when I demand change because it feels to some as artificial. Forced. Awkward. Arbitrary.  Some will see the lists of actions and judge them to be hollow political correctness, or an ill-fitting opposition to something that isn’t...