I hope this doesn’t sound prim, but I’ve never wanted to punch another human. I haven’t even wanted to pinch anyone since the 70s

In a proper boxing gym, the novices are fed to the masters like meat, earn their stripes on the concrete, wait for their stitches to be taken out and then go back for more. That is not what I’d like to do. I’m at Kobox, a boxing gym for people who don’t want to bleed and want only to ache.

We all have our own punchbag, and it’s water-filled to make it more like punching a human body. I hope this doesn’t sound prim, but I’ve never wanted to punch another human. I haven’t even wanted to pinch anyone since the 1970s. Yet everyone else is incredibly into it. There are more women than men, and more young women than older ones, so clearly it’s not as if you build up savage aggression after a lifetime of the patriarchy.

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