This queer femme fight club wants to destroy Britain’s conservative government and bring down the patriarchy.
The group, called Femme Feral, consists of women — which also includes non-binary people and trans-women — get together and grapple.
Phoebe Patey-Ferguson, the co-founder, of Femme Feral, describes it as “a queer femme fighting force” that wants to “destroy the Conservative government” and “bring down the patriarchy.”
“We want to take up space and make lots of noise,” she said.
The group dons make-up (sometimes clown make-up) and revealing attire. One of the fighters described the space as one where they can feel sexy without feeling sexualized. One also described the Femme Feral fights as a place where they could “own your sexiness, your sexuality in an aggressive way.”
Though Femme Feral is a place to throw “collective rage” at each other, it’s also — like all BJJ and martial arts schools — a place where people can feel a strong sense of camaraderie.
“There’s an intimacy so it’s also about being together, sharing our bodies, being open and free with our bodies celebrating them in their messy totality,” said Patey-Ferguson.
You can check out Broadly’s video of Femme Feral below: