It's not fair to react to violence from anyone with disproportionate force. If the person who is attacking you (of any gender) is not doing so effectively, then just walk away or restrain them.
If someone is hurting you, and they are not under your care, then you should react with only enough force to make them stop, IMO.
Women are, on the whole, rubbish at fighting*, and so should be considered as coming under the first point until proven otherwise. Some of us grew up more violent times with two older brothers and so are capable of bringing a world of pain - and that's the bottom line. Fight or flee.
*as are many men.
Edited by localnotail at 23:26:45 14-01-2013
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