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Old 03-07-2013, 01:48 PM   #10
Fred Little
Dojo: NJIT Budokai
Location: State Line NJ/NY
Join Date: Apr 2001
Posts: 632
Re: The Great Non-Issue

Mary Malmros wrote: View Post
What's "homosexual behavior", and where/how would these people be experiencing it?
The first twenty chapters of The Great Mirror of Male Love: The Custom of Boy Love in Our Land by Ihara Saikaku, published in 1687, offer a partial (if entirely historical) answer to the above in the context of traditional Japanese martial culture.

(I'm not naive enough to think this is the answer Mary is seeking; rather, I think that some of those who are uncomfortable with the notion of training alongside homosexuals or encountering homosexual behaviors in and around the dojo may be extremely naive about the norms of Japanese martial culture, out of which modern aikido has arisen, or from which it is descended, depending on which directional metaphor one might favor.)



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