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On The Shark Has Pretty Teeth, Dear: Why I Teach Women Self-Defense

I have a hard time even comprehending the backlash against Empowerment Self-Defense. It just seems obvious to me that a great way to stop people from being victimized is to empower them to stand up for themselves. I feel like the people who are so vehemently against that are the ones who are really perpetuating rape culture - that they are fundamentally uncomfortable with women standing up for themselves in ways that aren't "feminine." "Let's all be nice about it, let's change men, let's be a unified collective" - stereotypical feminine attitudes in our culture. Also, as an aside, I feel uncomfortable with the "let's change men" attitude because men aren't the only ones who rape. The majority, yes, but not exclusively. Rape culture is about cultural attitudes and values that apply to all genders.

Posted on January 7, 2014 at 2:20 pm 4