By Martha McCaughey

An exam of women's self-defense tradition and its dating to feminism.

I used to be a worried feminist. So starts Martha McCaughey's odyssey into the dynamic global of women's self- security, a tradition which transforms ladies concerned with it and which has both profound implications for feminist thought and activism.

Unprecedented numbers of yankee ladies are studying how one can 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 backstage 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 ladies out of the femininity that makes them effortless ambitions for men's abuse.

And but a lot feminist inspiration, 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 came upon self-defense tradition to embrace, actually, a brand new model of feminism.

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