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Real Knockouts : The Physical Feminism of Women's Self-Defense - Martha McCaughey

Real Knockouts

The Physical Feminism of Women's Self-Defense

Paperback Published: 1st July 1997
ISBN: 9780814755778
Number Of Pages: 288

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An examination of women's self-defense culture and its relationship to feminism.

I was once a frightened feminist. So begins Martha McCaughey's odyssey into the dynamic world of women's self- defense, a culture which transforms women involved with it and which has equally profound implications for feminist theory and activism.

Unprecedented numbers of American women are learning how to knock out, maim, even kill men who assault them. Sales of mace and pepper spray have skyrocketed. Some 14 million women own handguns. From behind the scenes at 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 women physically fighting back, McCaughey found self-defense culture to embody, literally, a new brand of feminism.

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.."complex, densely argued, and original...'"

-Mary Zeiss Stange, Women's Review of Books

Introduction: The Challenge of the Self-Defense Movement
Balls versus Ovaries: Women's "Virtue" in Historical Perspective
Getting Mean: On the Scene in Self-Defense Classes
The Fighting Spirit: Self-Defense As Counterdiscourse
Changing Our Minds about Our Bodies: What Can Feminism Learn from Self-Defense?
Physical Feminism: Implications for Feminist Activism
Conceiving the Kick of Self-Defense: Methods of Investigation
About the Author
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ISBN: 9780814755778
ISBN-10: 0814755771
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st July 1997
Publisher: New York University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.53 x 15.11  x 2.01
Weight (kg): 0.4