Empower yourself and your Daughters
When I started training (20 years ago), there was not many women in my martial arts class or even the gym.
I was lucky because my instructor did not treat his female clients any different to his male students.
There was no push-ups on knees, no excuses that you couldn’t do something because you was female. This wasn’t the norm in other dojos.
I’ve been told that as a woman I couldn’t do full push-ups as it would damage my reproductive organs.
Well I never listened to these people, even in school I knew that I may not be as fast or as strong as all men, or boys at the time, but I was not as weak as the weakest or as slow as the slowest, not by a long chalk.
So I never let my sex limit me or use it to justify why I couldn’t do something.
If we look at sports today and how far women have come in a short period of time imagine were we could have been if we never accepted this gender classification of being weaker or less able than all men.
If we look at education then we see women excel in a lot of areas even though our access to education came way after our male counterparts.
When we look at sports women such as Venus and her sister who changed the women’s game of tennis by proving their sheer power on the court. We can see that if you don’t hold yourself back as a female the possibilities are endless.
They have endured, as well as myself, the ridicules and pathetic comments from both men and women about looking too masculine.
Well physical strength comes from muscle and I don’t have any problem with my muscle mass and think women are beautiful with muscle definition. What this shows me is that I chose not to be a victim by allowing men or women to see me as weaker because of my sex.
Also it is a lot easier to try and break people down with your own inferiorities and negative stereotypes than it is to go against the crowd and redefine or breakdown these stereotypes of ‘normality’ or patriarchal justifications of why women are less than men.