I’m just going to state it first: martial arts can be and are female liberation and empowerment in its most primal form.
What am I talking about?
I’m talking about this: women are oppressed. Read feminist theory. Not all women are oppressed, but many are. The source of this oppression? Well if you say culture, it really is true, but culture did in the end evolve from a more natural state of being. Evolutionary reasons are present, and there is no use denying them. Men are physically stronger on average and archaeological findings point to the fact that it was men that hunted game and fought, while women gathered food and nurtured children. If you look at the behavior of chimpanzees, you see band-level societies, numbering some 40 individuals. The key to survival of the species is exogamy, for if there is much inbreeding, the tribe (or the band) falls apart because of genetic disabilities. Exogamy in chimpanzee behavior manifests itself in the following manner: males attack and raid “competing” bands, kill their males in vicious many-to-one fights, kill their babies, and kidnap their females and include them in their own band. This behavior, as vile and vicious as it seems, ensures the survival of the species. It is not so odd to imagine that our common ancestor did a similar thing, and that we as humans also did something of a sort.
But what is really of interest here is the position of women in the whole story. A woman is equally important for the collective as is the male, but the only problem is, she’s weak. She doesn’t fight, and if she does, she can be easily overcome.
Well fuck you.
There are many ways that oppression on women takes form. Today it’s the economic perspective. Women, on average, have much smaller paychecks than their male counterparts, even though it’s the same activity or job. But if you really think about it, the most primal form of oppression, the most natural, most human (male) way of oppressing a woman is through physical (and sexual) violence. The most powerful, natural, primal act of oppression is rape.
I hope you see where I’m going with this.
You see, if a woman knows how to defend herself, she defies not only the traditional patriarchal model, she defies EVERYTHING.
She defies what nature is like, and she defies her historical role in the evolution of the species. She is the destroyer of chains. A woman, attacked by a man, or even a group of men, that not only doesn’t get raped, but instead fights off, hurts or kills her attackers, is truly and completely empowered.
And the only way to bring about this type of empowerment is becoming able to fight and overcome men.
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