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Trending: Are Self-Defense Classes for Women Only Sexist? Men's Rights Group Says So

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Glendale, California – A free self-defense class for women has drawn criticism from a men's rights group which says the class is discriminatory.

"Just because you have a penis doesn't mean you come out of the womb with a black belt in karate," National Coalition for Men President Harry Crouch told the Glendale News-Press.

The newspaper reported that for years Glendale's Commission on the Status of Women has held the self-defense classes during April – Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Crouch believes men and boys should be allowed in the city-sponsored class as well.

"Why the City, its Commission on the Status of Women, and Shield of Defense do not want men and boys to be just as prepared as women and girls to defend themselves against sexual assault is outrageous," Crouch's letter to Glendale states.

According to the Center for Disease Control, one in five women report experiencing rape at some time in their lives, for men the figure is 1 in 71. About 5.6 percent of women and 5.3 percent of men experienced sexual violence other than rape, such as sexual coercion or unwanted sexual contact.

Do you think self-defense classes that are exclusive to women are discriminatory?
jlaprime March 31, 2014 at 05:47 PM
I agree that taking a single class, or even a "crash course" of a few weeks, does not allow for "muscle memory" to set in allowing the defender to react without thinking about it. You react to situations, or variants, to which you have been exposed. Also, I was invited to watch a "women's defense class graduation" It was obviously very anti-male. The techniques used were too simplistic to be of use and had more brawling than technique. While simple is often good, a knowledge of pressure points and leverage can do far more than windmill strikes and screams. I recently attended a class set up by my company for loss prevention agents on defensive techniques. The "instructor" taught for 5 hrs theories that violated nearly everything I had been taught. His methods were excessive, in my opinion, and I expressed that to him privately after the class. We agreed to disagree. Spoken by someone with over 30 years in the martial arts and at least 20 of those as an instructor.
MoonBeamWatcher March 31, 2014 at 09:56 PM
TRUTH shall set you FREE! Moocho opportunities for male self defense lessons, boxing, judo etc . . . so go FETCH fellahs! I'm all for a safe environment for women to learn some self defense skills, starting with a well placed knee to the family jewels. A request for using protection since I have herpies or end stage aids could send a creep running!
M Smith March 31, 2014 at 11:00 PM
Did these men ever think that maybe some woman feel more comfortable in classes with other women and not men? Of course not, they're only thinking of themselves, like they have for centuries. Sorry, I hate to be so hard on the men but sometimes we, as women deserve to be away for men for a while.
Jack Everett April 01, 2014 at 05:59 AM
What idiots these fools are. As if we don't have any real problems to solve these fools have to start harassing women over nothing. This gender crap is as low as they can get.

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