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Seconds Out: Women and Fighting by Alison Dean

Seconds Out: Women and Fighting by Alison Dean

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Kicking ass and taking notes - what it's like to be a woman in the ring.

Alison Dean teaches English literature. She also punches people. Hard. But despite several amateur fights under her belt, she knows she will never be taken as seriously as a male boxer. You punch like a girl" still isn't a compliment - women aren't supposed to choose to participate in violence.

Her unique perspective as a 30-something university lecturer turned amateur fighter allows Dean to articulately and with great insight delve into the ways martial arts can change a person's - and particularly a woman's - relationship to their body and to the world around them, and at the same time considers the ways in which women might change martial arts.

Combining historical research, anecdotal experience, and interviews with coaches and fighters, Seconds Out exploresour culture's relationship with violence, and particularly with violence practiced by women.

Alison Dean is a lecturer in English Literature and Histories of Photography. Alison has a PhD in English from Simon Fraser University and she is an alumna of the School for Criticism & Theory at Cornell University and the Whitney Museum of Modern Art Independent Study Program. Her academic research focuses on the politics of portraiture and the portrait's opposite - images of atrocity and torture. Alison currently trains and competes in kickboxing andboxing. She has a bad habit of dropping her left hand and her best punch is a straight right.