Physical Feminism

Sarah Hays Coomer, Physical Disobedience: An Unruly Guide to Health & Stamina for the Modern Feminist, New York: Seal Press, 2018

Collette Dowling,  The Frailty Myth: Redefining the Physical Potential of Women and Girls, New York: Random House, 2001 (mentions Sarah Connor’s influence)

Shari L. Dworkin and Fay Linda Wach,  Body Panic: Gender Health and the Selling of Fitness, New York: NYU Press, 2009

Shari L. Dworkin and Leslie Heywood, Built to Win: the female Athlete as Cultural Icon, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2003

Leslie Heywood, Bodymakers: A Cultural Anatomy of Women’s Body Building, New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1998

Martha McCaughey, Real Knockouts: The Physical Feminism of Women’s Self-Defense, NY: New York University Press, 1997 (includes vital commentary about how the role of Sarah Connor affected young women’s awareness of their own potential!)


Danny Abshire and Brian Metzler, Natural Running: The Simple Path to Stronger, Healthier Running, Boulder, Colorado: Velopress, 2010

Thomas R. Baechle and Roger W. Earle, Fitness Weight Training, Human Kinetics, 2014

Danny and Kathryn Dreyer, Chi Running: A Revolutionary Approach to Effortless, Injury-free Running, New York: Fireside – Simon & Schuster, 2004

Liz Neporent, Suzanne Schlosberg and Shirley Archer, Weight Training for Dummies, 3rd edition, Indianapolis: Wiley Publishing, Inc., 2006 (there are several from the For Dummies series, this is the only one I recommend….there are still gender issues and over use of the word “tone” but as a general starter or refresher it’s functional)

Self-Defense, martial arts and theories

Massad F. Ayoob,  The Truth About Self-Protection

Dr. Judith Fein,  Exploding the Myth of Self-Defense: A Survival Guide for Every Woman  (Dr. Fein’s books are the most practical for hand-to-hand here, but do not replace actual training)

Dr. Judith Fein,  Are You a Target: A Guide to Self-Protection and Personal Safety

Bo Hardy, Defensive Living: When Defensive Driving, Diets and Exercise Aren’t Enough to Keep You Alive and Well!

Ellen Snortland,  Beauty Bites Beast: Awakening the Warrior Within Women and Girls, Trilogy Books, 1998

Carol A. Wiley, ed. Women in the Martial Arts


Massad F. Ayoob,  In the Gravest Extreme: The Role of the Firearm in Personal Protection

Paxton Quigley, Armed and Female: Twelve Million American Women Own Guns, Should You?

Movie Analysis

Sean French,  The Terminator (BFI Modern Classics)

Sherrie A. Inness, ed., Action Chicks: New Images of Tough Women in Popular Culture

Sherrie A. Inness, ed., Tough Girls: Women Warriors and Wonder Women in Popular Culture

Martha McCaughey & Neal King, eds., Reel Knockouts: Violent Women in the Movies

Yvonne Tasker, Working Girls: Gender and Sexuality in Popular Cinema

Yvonne Tasker, Spectacular Bodies: Gender, Genre and the Action Cinema


Terminator Novels

Movie Adaptations:

Randall Frakes & William Wisher, The Terminator  (based on the original screenplay by James Cameron with Gale Anne Hurd)

Randall Frakes, Terminator 2: Judgment Day (based on the original screen play by James Cameron & William Wisher)

Licensed Novels:

While these may not be perfect, they do show Sarah as strong and savvy.

Russell Blackford, Terminator 2: The New John Connor Chronicles -Dark Futures (Book 1), An Evil Hour (Book 2) and Times of Trouble (Book 3)

S.M. Stirling, Terminator 2: Infiltrator (Book 1), Rising Storm (Book 2), and Future War (Book3)

Mark W. Tiedemann, Terminator 2: Hour of the Wolf (sequel to Blackford’s novels)