Its advent on the legal scene came at a time when a generation of men were threatened with impotence at the thought of a woman having the right to choose a superior position during sexual intercourse. Women were challenging their place in an existing societal order. No less traumatic was the understanding that a normal woman could be trapped in an abusive relationship that escalated to a point where the right thing to do was use violence in aid of her survival. This concept presented images that collided like two speeding trains racing toward each other on the same track. Battered woman's self defense, seemed to be a semantic nd social oxymoron.