Men’s group: City’s free women’s self-defense classes violate ‘equal protection’

Men’s group: City’s free women’s self-defense classes violate ‘equal protection’

By limiting free self-defense classes to women only, the city of Glendale and its Commission on the Status of Women is violating federal and state civil rights laws that protect against sexual discrimination, according to a letter sent this month to city officials by the National Coalition for Men.

“Just because you have a penis doesn’t mean you come out of the womb with a black belt in karate,” Harry Crouch, president of the San Diego-based nonprofit that aims to end harmful gender-based stereotypes, said in an interview Thursday.

For years, Glendale’s Commission on the Status of Women has hosted self-defense classes in April on city property for women and girls in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

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