On a warm, sun-dappled autumn afternoon last weekend a blood-curdling roar rose from the Edinburgh Gardens as twenty women rushed at each other brandishing… flowers.
Just another day in the park for Femme Fight Club, a group of women who meet monthly for ‘wholesome, unleashed, female biffo’.
All who identify as female can participate and the group says it is more interested in breaking stereotypes than bones. Past events include fights with fierce weapons such as bread, balloons and red wine.
If you missed this event, fear not, you can take part in ‘Scrag Fight’ which will involve a battle of hair. So called ‘hairy armor’ will be provided.
Scrag Fight will be held as part of the inaugural ‘femme-positive’ party – Some Of My Best Friends Are Femme – next month.
Femme Fight Club organiser Casey Jenkins said it’s important to note that the events are not spectator sports and encouraged women to take part.
“We’re not putting on a mud-wrestling type match for the titillation of strangers,” she said.
“We want to fight purely to express our own fierceness, for our own benefit.”
Some Of My Best Friends Are Femme party will be held in a Brunswick bar and, Jenkins said, will permit viewing by strangers.
‘We’ve made an exception for SOMBFF because we’ve got top respect for the organisers and the party concept which is to celebrate the diversity of femme identities,” Jenkins said.
“It’ll be for one fight only, though, so any femme-supporters wanting to check the action better get in quick.”
Register via the Femme Fight Club facebook page or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
info: Some Of My Best Friends Are Femme (SOMBBF) party inc. Scrag Fight is on Friday April 1, 9pm at Noise Bar, Brunswick.
Check out photos from the last event here
PHOTOS: Alison Bennett