Jun 10 2014

Feminists Denounce Miss USA for Suggesting Women Learn Self Defense


Nia Sanchez, who was crowned over the weekend as Miss USA (formerly Miss Nevada) is being harassed and denounced by feminists. everywhere – but not for what you might think. No, feminists are not railing against the pageant or Sanchez’s participation in it. Instead, they are angry that she had the audacity to suggest women learn self defense.

When asked about the epidemic of sexual assault on college campuses – one in four women college women are victims of rape or sexual assault – Sanchez replied,

“I believe that some colleges may potentially be afraid of having a bad reputation and that would be a reason it could be swept under the rug, because they don’t want that to come out into the public. But I think more awareness is very important so women can learn how to protect themselves. Myself, as a fourth-degree black belt, I learned from a young age that you need to be confident and be able to defend yourself. And I think that’s something that we should start to really implement for a lot of women.”

Feminists immediately went into an uproar, some going to far as to accuse Sanchez – and anyone that agrees with her – as perpetuating rape culture. Folks over at Slate even suggested that Sanchez’s approach would change the definition of rape to only include instances in which “the woman attempted to use violence in self-defense.” Social media jumped on the bandwagon and exploded with special gems like:

The outrage, in typical leftist fashion, suggests that being a victim is actually preferable to learning self-defense. Certainly, education and a continued conversation may be important, but why must they be mutually exclusive? Further, it is not your average, run-of-the-mill, intelligent male who chooses to rape. Most people already know that rape is bad – much like people know murder and theft are also bad. But it still happens. Rape, murder, and theft are already illegal, but we all know that criminals, by definition, do not follow laws.

Critics of self defense also seem to forget that defensive tactics might not only hinder rape, but also muggings, burglaries, and murder. Even so, courtesy of the editor of Cosmopolitan (below), self defense is “icky” and should probably therefore be avoided.

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In one aspect, they’re right – no one should ever be put into a situation which requires them to defend themselves. In an ideal world where everyone followed the non-aggression principle, such dangerous and violating situations might not exist. But regardless of our wants and desires for a perfect, happy world, these situations do exist and we should be prepared for them.

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And of course, though Sanchez argues that knowing how to protect yourself is also part of respecting yourself, Twitter warriors suggest that Sanchez’s remarks show a complete lack of self-respect. However, once could easily argue that the strength, dedication, and discipline necessary for success in the martial arts – and self defense – demonstrates an incredible amount of self-respect. Far more than, say, attempting to avoid attackers by urinating. Even animals have an instinct to defend themselves – those that do as leftists suggest and urinate or vomit in an attempt to thwart danger are usually the ones that get eaten.

Even if you believe self-defense is not an answer in and of itself, wouldn’t it be empowering for fellow women to feel they had a fighting chance? Wouldn’t it do more for equality to say, “Hey, this shouldn’t happen, but if it does, I might be prepared”? It seems that feminists, in their attempts to create “equality,” really only work to create feelings of specialness and victimization.

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