The Issue

The issue of ending violence against women
and girls is a complicated one.

The purpose of Beauty Bites Beast is to give women and girls tools to defend themselves WHILE an assault is taking place, rather than expecting others to rescue them. The film examines why empowerment self-defense is not as “normal” an idea as, for example, swimming lessons. Empowerment self-defense advocates, both women and men, have been systematically excluded from private and public policy conversations. The foundational ideas of Beauty Bites Beast are based on having empowerment self-defense advocates included at the “solve violence against women and girls” discussion tables around the world.

The World Health Organization

conservatively estimates that 1 in 3
women worldwide have experienced
gender-based violence in their lifetimes.
People in the development world know
that is a VERY low estimate.

The White House Task Force

determined that 1 in 5 college women
are sexually assaulted and everyone
knows that’s a low number because of under-reporting by assault survivors.

what they’re saying

Female elephants, lions - all are just as fierce in self-defense as males. Only our species is taught to be ‘feminine’ and defenseless. ‘Beauty Bites Beast’ shows how women around the world are taking back our strengths and lives.

– Gloria Steinem
what they’re saying

Female elephants, lions - all are just as fierce in self-defense as males. Only our species is taught to be ‘feminine’ and defenseless. ‘Beauty Bites Beast’ shows how women around the world are taking back our strengths and lives.

– Gloria Steinem
what they’re saying

Female elephants, lions - all are just as fierce in self-defense as males. Only our species is taught to be ‘feminine’ and defenseless. ‘Beauty Bites Beast’ shows how women around the world are taking back our strengths and lives.

– Gloria Steinem