Real Knockouts: The Physical Feminism of Women's Self-Defense / Edition 1

Real Knockouts: The Physical Feminism of Women's Self-Defense / Edition 1

by Martha McCaughey
     
 

Unprecedented numbers of American women are today learning how to knock out, maim, even kill men who assault them. From behind the scenes of gun ranges, martial arts dojos, fitness centers offering "Cardio Combat," and in padded attacker courses like "Model Mugging," Real Knockouts demonstrates how self-defense trains women out of the femininity that makes them easy… See more details below

Overview

Unprecedented numbers of American women are today learning how to knock out, maim, even kill men who assault them. From behind the scenes of gun ranges, martial arts dojos, fitness centers offering "Cardio Combat," and in padded attacker courses like "Model Mugging," Real Knockouts demonstrates how self-defense trains women out of the femininity that makes them easy targets for men's abuse. And yet much feminist thought, like the broader American culture, seems deeply ambivalent about women's embrace of violence, even in self-defense. Investigating the connection between feminist theory and a woman's balled fist, McCaughey found self-defense culture to embody, literally, a new kind of feminism, one that will change forever the way we think of gender politics, the female body, and feminism itself.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814755778
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
07/01/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.95(w) x 8.87(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
Introduction: The Challenge of the Self-Defense Movement
1Balls versus Ovaries: Women's "Virtue" in Historical Perspective
2Getting Mean: On the Scene in Self-Defense Classes
3The Fighting Spirit: Self-Defense As Counterdiscourse
4Changing Our Minds about Our Bodies: What Can Feminism Learn from Self-Defense?
5Physical Feminism: Implications for Feminist Activism
AppConceiving the Kick of Self-Defense: Methods of Investigation
Notes
References
Index
About the Author

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