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Author McCaughey, Martha, 1966-

Title Real Knockouts : the Physical Feminism of Women's Self-Defense
Published New York : NYU Press, 1997
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Description 1 online resource (294 pages)
Contents Cover; Title Page; Copyright Page; Contents; Acknowledgments; Preface; Introduction: The Challenge of the Self-Defense Movement; 1 Balls versus Ovaries: Women's "Virtue" in Historical Perspective; 2 Getting Mean: On the Scene in Self-Defense Classes; 3 The Fighting Spirit: Self-Defense As Counterdiscourse; 4 Changing Our Minds about Our Bodies: What Can Feminism Learn from Self-Defense?; 5 Physical Feminism: Implications for Feminist Activism; Appendix: Conceiving the Kick of Self-Defense Methods of Investigation; Notes; References; Index; About the Author
Summary 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 off
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Subject Feminist theory.
Self-defense for women -- Social aspects.
Women -- Crimes against -- Prevention.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0814763189 (electronic bk)
9780814763186 (electronic bk)