Judo for girls in post-war School Curriculum
Judo for girls in post-war School CurriculumI am a lecturer in Oriental Studies in Brazil, and I'm conducting research on the history of Judo, together with scholars from the Sports Studies field. We have been looking for information on Judo as part of the national school curriculum *after WWII*, including today. In this period Judo has started to lean towards a westernized sport model, and from the late 60's onwards women have been included in competitions. Our specific questions: how has Judo been available in PE for girls, compared to boys, since the 50s? Has it ever been popular as a sport for girls, or is there still some resistance (the idea of girls suitable for non-competitive Judo only)? How is the degree of female participation in martial arts in the school curriculum today? Judo scholars, also in Japan, have been extremely reticent about this issue, usually discarting it as non-important. I am now looking for help from scholars in Gender Studies instead. Thank you in advance.