Mary Eastland wrote:
Now do you have a source for this one?
Can't you just acknowledge that there is some sexism in Aikido? Would it hurt?
Sure there's some sexism in Aikido. There are also women screwing instructors, breaking up marriages, flirting, etc., etc. There is also dojo politics. There is back-biting, favoritism, and so on. It's all part of life. The trick is not to get embroiled in it and to focus on what you want to accomplish.
I went into Aikido looking for how to do these odd ki-strengths, etc. After 8 years of all the BS in a number of Aikido dojo's, I evaluated my progress in ki-related strengths, had little to show for it, and walked out I.e, I try to keep my eye on the ball and not get distracted by every side-issue that can draw you off the mark. So my suggestion is figure out exactly what you're trying to do, focus, and do it. Quit getting so distracted.