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“We’re trying to build a space for people who may not be accepted by heteronormative macho gym culture,” Lanski said. For him, Haymaker is as much about building strength as it is about building community. “People feel very scared, and one of the effects of fear is isolation,” he said. “This is one of the ways we want to break away.”
“We’re in a moment where it feels like everything’s falling apart and nobody is coming to save us,” McNeill reflects, “so we have to think about how to organize ourselves. That’s frightening but also very empowering.”
Elizabeth King considers Haymaker as part of a historical movement of leftist self-defense