Tagged: sexism

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...

Be Strong, Be Gentle, Be Beautiful

I just watched the 2012 documentary Mrs Judo: Be Strong Be Gentle Be Beautiful. It’s fantastic. This Kickstarter’d documentary follows the life of Keiko Fukuda, the highest ranking women in judo ever.  She achieved the rank of 10th dan in 2010, and...

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...

Women Have a History – Gerda Lerner

Just as Gerda Lerner points out here some people get confused as to why study women’s history as opposed to history.  I encounter the same kind of confusion – why study women’s martial arts history and not just martial arts...

Look To The Women

It’s very strange to me that in our so-called advanced modern times, women are so unwelcome in judo.  The sport isn’t violent, it’s not brutal. (And even if it was, so what? Women can do and will do and currently...