Women and Self-Defense
This paper discusses how women’s self-defense programs and courses empower females against potential rapists and date rape and examines Katie Roiphe’s book, “The Morning After: Sex, Fear, and Feminism on Campus”.
This paper argues that physically fighting back and the type of physical self-confidence gained through defense sports and sports in general should come to the forefront of the debate against rape. The author does not suggest that women?s defending themselves physically can replace the legal process as a way of punishing rapists. The issue is how women can both protect themselves and, if they have been raped or assaulted, find a way to cope with the tragedy which has occurred. The paper looks at numerous publications regarding feminism, self-defense, date rape and female sexuality.
“It is the contention of this paper that women’s self-defense, particularly martial arts, gives women the best kind of physical and mental confidence to resist rape and to overcome the trauma of rape. Martial Arts enables a woman to feel confident about her body, not as something passive and used, but as something strong and resilient. For women whom have been raped, it enables them to see a difference in what their bodies can do since they experienced the crime. It gives them something physical and concrete to do, in place of or in addition to simply to rehashing the details of the crime over and over again. Women who are prosecuting their attacker may be forced to do even if they do not participate in a Take Back the Night march, and if they do so in such a context they are not doing it in a safe space but a contentious one. This could make the act of speaking about the crime to be less cathartic.”