At the same time we are teaching boys that all violence against women is wrong, more women than ever before are boxing, fighting, and otherwise stomping whomever they can, especially each other.
Witness Rhonda Rousey, UFC bantamweight champion and winner of her last four fights by first-round knockouts. She is arguably the most popular fighter in America. She is the finished product. But what of the young girls who watch these female beatings, see the wealth and fame that follows, and aspire to do the same?
Prizefighting has always been a long, bloody, and brutal climb to the top. Now America's girls want to do it. In the last Olympics (in Athens) a woman from Flint, Michigan won America's only medal in boxing. It was the most abysmal showing in the history of American Olympic competition, especially in a sport that American men had dominated for a century.
The proliferation of guns in our communities, and the willingness of our young men to use them to settle their differences - rather than use their fists - has ended the long era of great American fighters. When the girls tire of beating each other up - and more specifically, of getting beat up - will they, too, turn to guns to settle their disputes, and thereby end another era of American fighters; this one before it has barely gotten off the canvas?