As a woman in Muay Thai, it is important to recognize the barriers and challenges that women face in taking up space in the gym and in the presence of the sport as a whole. In this article, we will discuss the importance of women taking up space in Muay Thai, the impact of patriarchy and societal/cultural expectations, and some concrete steps women can take to overcome these challenges. (If you’re not a woman but would like to learn more about becoming an ally to women, it’s highly encouraged you read this article as well.)
When the people think about Thailand, they often associate the country with elephants, beaches, and sex shows. Thailand is a complex country that deserves much more than to be boiled down to three things (that are, more often than not, nothing more than tourist traps). The same could be said about Muay Thai. The thought of Muay Thai can bring up pieces of information that people associate with the national sport of Thailand. Often over-generalized, much of this information is either outdated, passed down from one misinformed person to the next, or simply untrue. Let’s bust some common myths people believe about Muay Thai fighters in Thailand.