The thread about the guy calling the cops on his girl got me thinking. I would never hit, slap, shove, or do anything else implicitly violent to a woman. I think pretty much anyone can agree with this. How about when an argument/confrontation turns physical in a non-violent way? Like in the thread above, many people said the guy should have grabbed the girl by the shoulders and subdued her and gotten her into the car. This is pretty risky ground. I have 3 different scenarios in my head. 1) A man strikes a woman. Whether she fights back or not ... obviously bad. 2) A woman strikes a man. Whether its punching, slapping, clawing, hitting with an object. I would think almost any man in this situation would subdue or restrain the woman. Grabbing her wrists, removing weapons, holding her down so she doesn't hurt you or herself. This is what I would do. However, some would choose to escalate to #1 and fight back, and some would choose to just take it because its a woman. 3) A non-physical confrontation or display of force. For example, a woman is arguing with a man. He decides he has had enough and gets up to leave the premesis. She stands in his way in the doorway and continues the argument, using her "personal space" bubble to block the man's exit. The threat of an assault charge prohibits him from trying to remove her in any way. While a man could physically block the exit to a woman, this is the only power the woman has. #1 and #2 are easy. But what would be the correct way to proceed in #3? (Do you think I've been in this situation before? ) The fact that she is blocking his exit by way of "legal force" is no different to me from a man physically doing so. It would be very easy to barrel through the door or grab her arms and move her, but it could potentially expose you to any number of criminal charges (depending on the heat of the argument and sanity of the woman). So what to do?