I practice a style of martial arts that is very unpopular with women – typically, I’m the only woman in my class of around 15-20 guys. We have an official online forum for the style, and this was posted under the guise of “are we really training our few female practitioners properly?
“I think we have to be careful with the notion of woman-can-do-everything-a-man-can, and in the context of combat arts, I make this point. Women as a rule, will have children, which at these times in their life, will render them somewhat disabled to engage in a full workout. After birth, besides tending to her baby, she has to recover from the ordeal of pregnancy and childbirth, so there’s a bit of catching up that’s needed.”
I completely object to the idea of women getting pregnant “as a rule,” because I am proudly child-free and in fact, so are 20% of women my age. The idea that women are lesser students because they have to take time off to have babies is ridiculous. Men take time off from training, too, and sometimes because they have a new baby at home! Or because they get injured, or ill, or have school, or family obligations. It’s ridiculous to state that women miss more training sessions because they are always getting knocked up. Of the very few female students in the style, *none* have ever been pregnant in the seven years that I’ve been training.
The rest of this guy’s point was just the usual “men are stronger, therefore they are better fighters” nonsense that is very typical of the martial arts community. It is this fantasy that causes men with no training whatsover to believe they can take me, and of course, they cannot, but even as I’m submitting them by kneeling on their head, they still believe that being male is more of an advantage than many years of hard training.