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Beauty Bites Beast

The Missing Conversation about Ending Violence

By Ellen B Snortland, Gavin de Becker (Foreword by), Kenneth E. Gruberman

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Format: Paperback, 250 pages, Updated & Expan Edition
Published In: United States, 27 October 2016
BEAUTY BITES BEAST is not a "how-to" book, it is a "how-come" book.

As in, "how-come" every woman and girl needs to know how to defend themselves. They, like all females of other species in the world, are capable of defending themselves and their loved ones -- if they learn how. It is not the female's size, it is her culturally induced ignorance that makes her think she is helpless. BEAUTY BITES BEAST is a clarion call to "sleeping beauties," so they can wake up and take charge of their own self-defense -- emotional, verbal and physical. The book also celebrates women (and kids) who fought back and won. Funny and provocative, this is both an irreverent and deadly serious look at how family, religion, history, news, and entertainment keep women thinking they are defenseless. BEAUTY BITES BEAST transforms and saves lives.As in, "how-come" every woman and girl needs to know how to defend themselves. They, like all females of other species in the world, are capable of defending themselves and their loved ones -- if they learn how. It is not the female's size, it is her culturally induced ignorance that makes her think she is helpless. BEAUTY BITES BEAST is a clarion call to "sleeping beauties," so they can wake up and take charge of their own self-defense -- emotional, verbal and physical. The book also celebrates women (and kids) who fought back and won. Funny and provocative, this is both an irreverent and deadly serious look at how family, religion, history, news, and entertainment keep women thinking they are defenseless. BEAUTY BITES BEAST transforms and saves lives.

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"Why are females of other species as fierce in self-defense as males - except for female humans? Ellen Snortland takes on the politics of learned helplessness, and clears a path back to natural female strength. Any woman who feels defenseless - physically or verbally - will be helped by Beauty Bites Beast."--Gloria Steinem, Human rights activist, recipient of the 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom "Nearly all of the hazards teenage girls face can be reduced through teaching, but parents must first un-teach the cultural lesson that girls are not able to defend themselves. The book to read on this point is Ellen Snortland's already classic Beauty Bites Beast."--Gavin de Becker, Author of The Gift of Fear and Protecting the Gift. "Beauty Bites Beast should be required reading for all females - not only women but girls too, as well as sympathetic men. It's absurd to not take action about women's fear of male violence when considering our own liberation. And while it is absolutely men's responsibility to stop their own violence, women and girls need to be prepared to defend themselves, because they need to know how to save their own lives. As we have fire fighters and paramedics as first responders, women and girls need to learn to be their own first responders, too. Beauty Bites Beast enlightens us why our society raises women to be victims, and what must be done to change the way we raise our girls so they can take their rightful place as leaders of a peaceful society."--Dolores Huerta, Civil Rights Leader, Co-founder of the United Farm Workers, recipient of the 2011 Presidential Medal of Freedom. "Ellen Snortland's passion to empower women comes through every page of Beauty Bites Beast. Her book is really an eye opener."--Patricia Ireland President, National Organization for Women (1991-2001) "Freud asked 'What do women want?' Wrong question. We each want different things. The question is 'What do women need?' The answer is courage. Beauty Bites Beast will help each woman actualize her innate courage."--Tristine Rainer, Ph.D., Author of The New Diary and Your Life as Story "Beauty Bites Beast is a book that goes well beyond the typical self defense book, which is usually just focused on teaching the physical side of self defense. Having taught more than 180,000 women, I can say that Ellen Snortland has compiled a great book that every young woman and man should read and discuss in school, beginning at an early age."--Christopher Roberts, SAFE International "In my work, I deliver sensitive and responsible training in human-services care environments and to survivors of assaults. I also work with children in schools and prospective self-protection trainers. My training sessions are more effective because of the work that Ellen has done in writing this very unique book. Her passionate re-framing of female-male violence dynamics is mandatory reading for responsible self-protection trainers, and recommended reading for anyone who would provide guidance to women everywhere."--Gerard O'Dea, Director and Principal Trainer: Dynamis Insight, UK Author of Lone Working Personal Safety: A Guidebook for Health and Social Workers "Beauty Bites Beast has been a revelation: an eye opening book that has challenged my thinking and upbringing and made me realize why many things I was told as a girl never felt right. As a sexual assault survivor, the book helped me understand my right to defend myself, my power to do so, and brought me peace concerning my past. It has changed my life."--Annette Helberg, Functional Edge System; Advanced Self-defense Instructor

EAN: 9780997996401
ISBN: 0997996404
Publisher: B3 Books
Dimensions: 22.86 x 15.24 x 1.35 centimetres (0.34 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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