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This is interesting, but you also need an article telling what a naginata is. There was a good discussion on the forum on why it was a woman's weapon.--Bethetsu 03:18, 26 May 2007 (PDT)

Naginata and Woman's Weapon

I know there needs to be a naginata page--just haven't gotten around to it (feel free to make one). I'll take a look at the forum, but I was going off of the verifiable info I could find (i.e. the stuff I could dig out of books and point to sources on). The 'woman's weapon' gets overplayed, imho. Yes, it was a weapon used by women, and seen as a good weapon for women to learn (I need to find a source on the info that it was apparently part of a bride's traditional gifts), but people forget that men were still the most active practitioners (or at least were the ones who were passing it down) until the Meiji era, when it was popularized as the woman's alternative to kendo. That seems to be where you get the almost stigma against men using it, at least from everything I've read. I'll check the forums, though, see if I can't find anything else. As for now... I'm actually on my way to a naginata class (atarashii naginata). --JLBadgley 04:56, 26 May 2007 (PDT)

Here is one link to a Naginata conversation - this one is all theory as to why it was a "woman's weapon", but theory is fine for articles as long as they are marked as theory, and the facts are covered as well. --Kitsuno 12:56, 26 May 2007 (PDT)