Loved this article. Great response to a difficult-to-fathom EDF article-apology.
I'd studied traditional martial arts for a long time when a man approached me one Sunday morning years ago on a downtown street, tried to make conversation, and then rushed toward me in an attempted assault. He had a teardrop tattoo under his eye; I suspected he carried a weapon. Instead of unleashing a flurry of kicks and punches, I poked him in the chest with two fingers as I stepped forward and told him that it was time for him to leave. He stumbled backward, stunned. I was stunned too. (No one had ever taught me that “move”.) He ultimately backed off and I did, too.
This is not complicated. Learning self-defense does not equal victim blaming. Period. And empowerment isn’t a dirty word.