Eight Bay Area feminists talk about learning karate, both in traditional schools and in the newer, women-only self-defense classes, the physical and mental challenges of karate, the need to defend themselves and their changing images of themselves. The women come from a range of backgrounds (some of them are young, some older, some gay, others living with men), but all feel that a woman who intends to go about day and night as a free person had better learn to defend herself. It's a joyful conversation for the most part, as women discover that their bodies can become an extension of their will and personality instead of just something for men to whistle at. Moderated by Lois Hansen. Listener phone calls included.
This recording has been digitally preserved as part of Pacifica's American Women Making History and Culture: 1963-1982 grant preservation project, and is available for research and reference . Please contact the archives via telephone: 818-506-1077 or email: americanwomen at pacificaradioarchives dot org for information on how to obtain a copy of this program. Thank you.