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Thread #165923   Message #3985515
Posted By: Howard Jones
02-Apr-19 - 08:57 AM
Thread Name: Anyone watching Morris?
Subject: RE: Anyone watching Morris?
The programme wasn't about whether women should dance morris - obviously, they've been doing that for decades regardless of what the Ring thinks - but it was a perceptive view on why the Ring was so resistant to it. It would have been easy to do a hatchet job on a bunch of ageing, out-of-touch misogynistic blokes, instead it was fairly sympathetic to their concerns about style and authenticity. It made a valid point that while all-women groups (in any sphere of activity) are acceptable and seen as "empowering", all-male groups are increasingly not acceptable. The film maker saw the morris men pursuing joy and beauty as a counter to the "toxic masculinity" more usually attributed to male gatherings.

What it didn't explore was whether traditional morris is really at risk or whether this is a particular issue for the Ring. There are plenty of single-sex sides who are outside the Ring - are they also struggling to recruit?