I can’t agree with this.
Sparring and fighting are fun. As long as both parties are involved in it consensually and it’s regulated, I don’t see the problem.
The difference of course is that animals can’t consent; humans can.
But this is just stupid.
The only way to get good at self defense is to spar – which is a form of fighting. Not no-holds-barred, knock out type of fighting, but fighting nonetheless. The closer to real fighting without injuring one another the better, too.
Therefore her position is self-contradictory.
I’m no fan of violence for its own sake. But I believe that humans contain a core of violence in their very genes. I don’t believe in the liberal conception that everything is due to social conditioning only.
Fighting and watching people fight most likely has the effect of reducing violence and propensity to violence in non-ritual scenarios.
It’s also the most grueling form of exercise I’ve ever participated in. Never have I been so bone tired as when sparring and fighting.
It’s great to believe in a world where violence – especially for women – isn’t a real possibility.
However, we do not live in that world.