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04-08-2010, 11:54 AM
Posted 2010-04-08 10:53:50 by Jun Akiyama
News URL: http://middleburycampus.com/2010/04/07/aikido-masters-master-gender-neutrality/

This article entitled "Aikido masters master gender neutrality" (http://middleburycampus.com/2010/04/07/aikido-masters-master-gender-neutrality/) highlights a discussion on gender in the martial arts by Linda White and Jonathan Miller-Lane at Middlebury College in Vermont.

From the article: "In aikido we take what can be termed a confrontation and turn it into a beautiful interaction between two human beings." White prefers putting the emphasis on human beings rather than men or women. "Gender varies by culture and varies historically," she explained. "If gender came from nature, it would be equal across cultures." According to White, reducing gender to a dichotomy between exclusively male or exclusively female oversimplifies the reality of how it operates.

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