Take a look at the various posts in this website to get a sense of how widespread sexual harassment, rape and bullying may be in the Feldenkrais Guild training community. Then take a moment to realize that the abuse allegations go back to events at the Amherst training in 1981 and span nearly a 38 year period. Take another moment to realize that the vast majority of Feldenkrais practitioners are women. In a published article by Particia Buchanan, PhD on the characteristics and practice patterns of Guild Certified Feldenkrais Teachers® 80% of the respondents were women. And yet the vast majority of Feldenkrais Trainers are men.
And now ask yourself, “where are the Feldenkrais feminists?”
How could allegations of sexual harassment go un-investigated for 38-years in a women-majority organization?
What is going on?
Are there no Feldenkrais feminists?
Well, there are a few who claim to be feminists. Kate Conroy, wrote an article called The Elusively Obvious: Choice; gender, [dis]ambiguity, social influence, and self-determination Download the pdf here. And in the article she writes “I’ve been a feminist since the 1970s, gay-identified since 1980s, and lesbian-identified since the 1990s. Now, in the 20-teens, I adopted the term “queer” to identify with my community as a whole. Even still, I took specialized training to catch up with the development of community sensibilities and vernacular around gender, gender presentation, and gender identity.based in New York City.”
Good for her. My question is, does she know about the allegations of systemic bullying and abuse of women in the Feldenkrais Guild trainer community. And if so, why has she not spoken out? Is that not something a feminist should do?
Add info about Richard S. Goldsand, B.A. Faculty Associate School of Social Transformation Arizona State University. Also, doesn’t Ilona Fried have some type of Women’s Studies or Gender Studies degrees?