Women and Power

StoryCenter, the Berkeley-based organization that teaches people to use new media to tell their stories, set up a session to record women talking about Women and Power using their newly developed listening stations. The Berkeley Library was also involved.

It probably won’t surprise anyone that I felt an immediate desire to talk about women and martial arts as part of this project. So I signed up. Yesterday, I recorded two 15-minute sessions on how martial arts changed my life and why I think it is such a powerful way to upend traditional female conditioning.

Here they are. The second one is a continuation of the first. Click on the pictures to get to the video.

Women and Power

Women and Power continued



Women and Power — 4 Comments

  1. Fascinating perspective. Thank you for this.

    Your comments about the root of anger were especially poignant. I think this holds true in almost all circumstances—it’s just not something we tend to like to admit.

    I’m wondering if this body awareness translates to something like dance as well. A particular dancer I know expresses a similar level of confidence in her interactions with the world, simply, as she says, because she knows what her body can do and how to move in various situations.

    You make me want to go out and try martial arts—I just don’t think my too-easily-bruised body could withstand it at this point!

    • Find a Tai Chi teacher who approaches it as martial art and who is also understanding about physical issues. It’s all related.

      Yes, I think dance as well as many kinds of sports do this as well. I suspect martial arts works the best because being able to fight is something women learn so early that they can’t do (or aren’t supposed to do). But bodily learning is important on a lot of different levels, not just this one.

      • Y’know, I’ve often thought about Tai Chi—it just seems more compelling and proactive to me than yoga. I will have to see what’s available in my community…

        • I like Tai Chi and Qigong (a related practice that is more focused on health) much more than yoga. I attribute that to my martial arts background, but it might just be the kind of movement that you do when training. I like yoga breathing and meditation-focused classes, but I don’t enjoy the more active kind.