By Martha McCaughey
An exam of women's self-defense tradition and its courting to feminism.
I used to be a anxious feminist. So starts off Martha McCaughey's odyssey into the dynamic international of women's self- security, a tradition which transforms ladies concerned with it and which has both profound implications for feminist idea and activism.
Unprecedented numbers of yankee girls are studying tips on how to knock out, maim, even kill males who attack them. revenues of mace and pepper spray have skyrocketed. a few 14 million girls personal handguns. From behind the curtain at gun levels, martial arts dojos, health facilities delivering aerobic wrestle, and in padded attacker classes like version Mugging, Real Knockouts demonstrates how self-defense trains girls out of the femininity that makes them effortless pursuits for men's abuse.
And but a lot feminist concept, just like the broader American tradition, turns out deeply ambivalent approximately women's embody of violence, even in self-defense. Investigating the relationship among feminist idea and girls bodily scuffling with again, McCaughey discovered self-defense tradition to include, actually, a brand new model of feminism.
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