December is beginning, holidays are on their way, year end is close, time to think aloud... Why are we reading this Blog? I already made a brief comment on the fetish side of female fighting here, mentioning two books that analyze the subject. However, in these works, female fighting was just one of the many fetishes analyzed.
Recently, I have found a comprehensive book totally dedicated to the subject. By Werner Sonntag, "Kampfes Lust" ("Fighting Lust") has more than 600 pages, profusely illustrated with historical images. The work came to light in 2002 and has just one shortcoming: it is available only in German. Anyway, about 10% of the Blog readers are from Germany, which makes some 1,800 people.
The book looks for a psychological explanation of why men have erotic fantasies watching women fight: in a live show, looking at drawings, photos, paintings, movies, sculptures, blogs - an endless list. And some like the real action, entering the mat with either a pro or amateur to fulfill their desires.
I do not have the book, which I would not be able to read anyway, but there is a good short interview with the author, in English, in the Female Single Combat Club site. There is a remark there that grabbed my attention: "The reaction of a man to watching female combats depends on his sexual biography and, first of all, on his childhood and youth".
Werner has a site and his book is on sale on Deutsch Amazon (of course...). One of the many illustrations of his book is reproduced below.