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Beauty Bites Beast: Awakening the Warrior Within Women and Girls Paperback – August, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0971144705 ISBN-10: 0971144702 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 198 pages
  • Publisher: B3 Books; 2 edition (August 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971144702
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971144705
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #636,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"Entertaining and accessible, this is a must-read for any man who wants to help end violence against women." -- Capt. Robert Martin (LAPD Ret.)

"An incendiary book that takes the notion of self-defense to a whole new dimension. She's got it absolutely right: waiting for male predators to mend their ways is a fool's game." -- John Stoltenberg, author of Refusing to be a Man

"In this highly readable book, Ellen provides a practical, sensible, and timely survival manual for females of all ages." -- Gail Berendzen, President: Women of Washington

From the Back Cover

"Beauty Bites Beast should be required reading for all females -- not only women, but girls too. This book enlightens us as to why our culture raises women to be victims, as well as what we have to do in present day society to change the way we raise our girls so they can take their place as leaders for a peaceful society.

It's absurd to not take action about women's fear of male physical force, when considering our own liberation. And while it is absolutely men's responsibility to stop their own violence, women and girls need to be prepared to defend themselves, because they need to know how to save their own emotional and physical lives.

In the same way we have fire fighters and paramedics as first responders, women and girls need to learn to be their own first responders."

-- Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers, activist, Founder of the Dolores Huerta Foundation and 2012 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom

More About the Author

Ellen Snortland grew up in Colorado and South Dakota, and set out early in life to be a Renaissance Woman. She made her way to California by the time she was 17 and has never looked back. And she's made good on the "Renaissance Woman" concept, by getting a Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School, founding the first all-female theater company in the early 70s, acting in and directing several TV shows during the 80s, attending United Nations world conferences and annual UN meetings as an NGO delegate and journalist, becoming a Goodwill Ambassador for the National Women's History Project, and much more.

Ellen's work as an author, self-defense advocate and instructor has been featured on Dateline NBC with her book, "Beauty Bites Beast." A regular columnist for the Pasadena Weekly and the Huffington Post, she's a tireless advocate for women and girls and physical safety for all. Her acclaimed one woman show, "Now That She's Gone," is a comic memoir about growing up Norwegian American; it has been performed all over the world. She is currently focused on raising funds for, and directing, "Beauty Bites Beast: The Documentary," based on her ground-breaking book.

Ellen serves on several boards, including Consumer Watchdog, IMPACT Personal Safety, and 50-50 Leadership, a non-profit that envisions more women and girls in leadership positions. Her newest book, "The Safety Godmothers: the ABCs of Awareness, Boundaries and Confidence for Teens" -- co-written with Lisa Gaeta and featuring special contributions by "Gift of Fear" author Gavin de Becker -- was just released on Amazon.

Find out more about Ellen at www.snortland.com

Customer Reviews

This book is easy to read, informative, and necessary.
It is mostly a book that helps women understand why we are "beauties" that must "bite" the beast and how that can be changed to benefit us all.
Carolyn Howard-Johnson
If you have daughters or ever were one yourself, read this book.
Peter J. Pizor

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Sophia VINE VOICE on June 16, 2000
Format: Paperback
"Beauty Bites Beast" is an incredible, funny, tough and smart guide to women's self-defense. According to author Ellen Snortland, women have been conditioned by society to believe that they are helpless in the face of attack. In chapter after chapter, Ms. Snortland systematically unravels and deconstructs myths, stereotypes and misguided beliefs which contribute to violence against women.
With her biting humor and irreverent style, Ms. Snortland is able to make her points, share success stories, and urge women to reclaim our power. As a practicing martial artist, all I can say is RIGHT ON to Ms. Snortland and all others like her who strive to make this world a safer place for women, children and men alike. All girls, women, men, boys and everyone else who care about women's safety, or who just want to understand the origins of violence in our culture should have a copy of this book. Or several copies. This is an excellent, funny, well-written book about a deadly important issue. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful By C. Stephans VINE VOICE on January 28, 2004
Format: Paperback
I ordered and read this book after having a daughter. I wanted to learn how I can help her grow up strong and able to fend for herself and not become a victim of any sorts.
For the most part this book was a revelation to me about the reality women face...a reality of danger, threats, bullying, discrimination, etc. It made me put myself in the shoes of the women walking to her car in a dark parking lot who fears for her safety and life due to potential dangers. Ms. Snortland shows how fear is often present in daily situations women encounter.
She also indicates changes in attitude and lessons in defense that can improve a women's posture in the world. It has encouraged me to sign my daughter up for self-defense classes as soon as it is age-appropriate. I garnered a much better understanding of many societal attitudes my daughter will face as she grows up. It will really help me be a better father to her.
A downside to this book is Snortland's political advocacy. It is clear where she stands politically and on certain issues she conveys the message that women who disagree are being duped by a male-dominated society. To me this is a totally different issue than what the book purports to focus on. She should stick to defending women not politics.
The above criticism aside, the book is worthwhile for its main message and was helpful.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 3, 1998
Format: Paperback
Though it deals with self-defense, BEAUTY BITES BEAST definitely is not a "how-to" book; rather, it's a "go-for-it" book. Too many times woman have heeded the hackneyed advice that it's far more dangerous to fight back than simply to relax and allow rapes or assaults to occur. "El toro caca," says Snortland--not in those words, of course, but strongly and with lots of specific stories and statistics to back up her advocacy of women's self-defense.
If you are a man, as I am, and care about the women in your life, you'll buy them this book! It should be in the hands of everyone--male or female--old enough to grasp its meaning. Why? Because it literally can save lives.
Not only is Snortland right on with her advice, but the book is funny. And the humor has the same sort of knockout punch Snorland advocates in matters of self-defense. A self-defense instructor (and a born author, as well), Snortland knows whereof she writes.
Buy t! his book for yourself, for your loved ones, for your friends, for your neighbors. And then make sure they read it. Believe me, you won't regret it.
Does this book deserve a five-star rating? Naw, if I could, I'd give it at least a six.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By peachymama on September 10, 1998
Format: Paperback
When it comes to self-defense, women have been sold the victims' bill of goods. So says Ellen Snortland in her book Beauty Bites Beast: Awakening the Warrior Within Women and Girls. The myth of physical inferiority in the face of unending gender violence is shattered by Snortland, who claims to have the antidote for rape, abuse and boyfriends who shove their dates a little too hard after 10 beers. It's fighting back, something any properly trained woman can do effectively. And that includes EVERY woman -- from 10 year old daughters to 85 year old grande dames. But this antidote is a tough pill for society to swallow and Snortland knows why. She discusses gender expectations, history, fairy tales, religion and mythology -- all stories and structures designed to keep women mute, docile and respectful. Snortland throws a bomb on the whole guy-party, deconstructing our gender consciousness bit by bit, until a shining kernal remains. Through strength and mutual respect, women and men CAN attain true equality. Beauty, it seems, must learn to bite that damn beast when he acts up.
Some readers will want to argue with Snortland's in-your-face analysis of society. Not me. For me, this book was a huge relief. "Finally," I thought, "I can take charge, rather than worry or shrink from strangers while hurrying my children away." I came away from this book pumped, ready to take two things: a self-defense course and complete charge of my life. Few books leave a person so inspired and -- no kidding, folks -- grateful.
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