On Thursday the 13th of this month, National Coalition for Men President Harry Crouch sent a letter to the city of Glendale California to protest that city’s practice of providing self-defense classes for women only.
“It is especially troubling that the City, its Commission on the Status of Women, and Shield Self Defense would deny men and boys access to their self-defense classes in April, which is Sexual Assault Awareness Month,” Crouch writes, “Why the City, its Commission on the Status of Women, and Shield Self Defense do not want men and boys to be just as prepared as women and girls to defend themselves against sexual assault is outrageous.”
This is not the first time that the National Coalition for Men has written an open letter to a municipality or organization. However, the issue has drawn an incredible amount of media attention.
“We actually got a call from a reporter within an hour of sending the letter” said Crouch in a phone conversation earlier today. “I think people are fed up with Glendale’s feminized politics.”
The city of Glendale has not issued a formal response to NCFM but officials told the Glendale News-Press they are in the process of researching the matter, and that federal law could possibly permit women’s only self-defense classes. The officials said they are now investigating state law on the issue, and may consider reviewing the class structure if necessary.
“It is disturbing that the city is actually trying to find a way to continue its discriminatory behavior instead of addressing the issue directly” Crouch says of the city’s response.