This is a conversation I've been trying to have for some time now and I can't seam able to develop it.
As a good example, the majority of people actually active here in the forum are men. The few women I was actually able to talk directly are already practitioners and their answers were not very insightful.
So, why does most martial arts gyms have so few women training?
The most common answer I found is, they don't feel safe.
This is the strange thing though, most people don't feel safe around martial arts gyms either. Most of my friends and random people I try to invite to come by have the same VERY immediate response "But I don't know anything, you people are going to hurt me!" and it doesn't matter what I say after....at least I never found a way around this.
Ok, sure, I get it, it's not the same for women, when they feel threatened is for very different and, most of the time, much more real and imminent reasons.
I don't like to frame the question like this at all, but....
What does a more "feminine friendly" martial arts environment would look like?
What would we need to change in order to be at least more open and address those concerns face on?
I have some theories of my own, but I would like to hear your thoughts about it. I'm sure there must be some among you with a very balanced presence of all sorts of people in your schools, so your experience would be very welcome.
And maybe a woman or two hiding here in the forum that could better guide this conversation???
Edit: maybe we should make clear from which country we are from? There may be some very interesting patterns there for us to dig deeper. I'm from Brasil o/