Tagged: self defense

Women Only Martial Arts Spaces Part III

This is the third in a multi-part series where I look into the meaning of women-only spaces in martial arts. In the first and second parts, I pulled some historical and recent-history examples of women-only martial arts spaces and talked a...

Be Critical of Your Self Defense Advice

Content Note: Discussion of sexual assault, victim-blaming, violence – images too Women worldwide face sexual assault and sexual harassment on a daily basis. And while it is primary and paramount that efforts for sexual assault prevention start at the source...

Black Belt Woman Magazine (1975)

Women’s Rights movements are often tied closely to martial arts and self-defense.  Freedom from gendered violence such as domestic abuse, street harassment, and sexual assault are frequently the focal point of activists, who in the actual course of their work face...

[Audio] Kathy Hopwood on APR’s The Story

[content note: attempted rape, sexual harassment, poverty, domestic violence, sexism] Dick Gordan of American Public Media’s The Story interviews Kathy Hopwood a karateka and pioneer in women’s self-defense.  Hopwood grew up poor in Washington, D.C. in the 1960’s and 70’s....

Quaint! Old Timey Self-Defense Videos

I’m not saying there aren’t some problematic implications of quaint-ifying violence against women, cutesy-upping women’s physical resistance, or infantalizing women and their struggle for freedom from harassment and violence. There are! But there’s also something important about the massive increase...