Scholar and fighter L.A. Jennings talks feminism in the world of Mixed Martial Arts

Feminist scholar/fighter L.A. Jennings has seen her share of gender bias in the competitive arena. Now a retired a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Sanshou and MMA fighter, Jennings spends most of her time training both men and women at her Denver gym, Train. Fight. Win. But she's also a scholar working on her Ph.D. in twentieth-century American literature.

At this Thursday's edition of Feminism & Co.: Full Contact at the MCA Denver, she will be discussing the intersections of these two very powerful forces in her own life. In advance of her speaking engagement, Jennings spoke with Westword about being a feminist fighter, and how she works to dispel the myth that women only want to fight for self-defense.

See also: - MCA Denver's Feminism & Co. 2013 lineup announced - Artist Rachelle Beaudoin on Kathleen Hanna's "Slut" proclamation and co-opted sexuality - MasterMind: Sarah Slater, founder, Titwrench

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Bree Davies is a multimedia journalist, artist advocate and community organizer born and raised in Denver. Rooted in the world of Do-It-Yourself arts and music, Davies co-founded Titwrench experimental music festival, is host of the local music and comedy show Sounds on 29th on CPT12 Colorado Public Television and is creator and host of the civic and social issue-focused podcast, Hello? Denver? Are You Still There? Her work is centered on a passionate advocacy for all ages, accessible, inclusive, non-commercial and autonomous DIY art spaces and music venues in Denver.
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