Slaying the Monster

 For the last 20 years I have taught self-defense to women and children. Many come to class most concerned about stranger assault.  These assaults can happen and it is important to feel confident and prepared to handle them.  But the reality is most assaults are committed by someone we know. 

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Revisiting “Bacongate”

 

What the new designation of processed meats as a group 1 carcinogen means to you. A few weeks back the International Agency for Research on Cancer officially designated processed meats as a group 1 carcinogen and all red meats as a group 2a carcinogen.  The predictably absurd overreaction in the media that followed has been called “Bacongate”. 

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‘Like a Girl’ Lies, Truth and Power in Three Simple Words

Recently someone I know made a ‘like a girl’ comment, referring to a boy “acting like a girl, being passive, you know, just sitting around.” I felt a familiar sting; a moment of personal shame and anger that cut to the core of who I am. Finish a sentence with ‘like a girl’ and the insult is implied. Translation:  uncoordinated, weak, vulnerable, overly emotional, passive.

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Why is Ben Roethlisberger Still Playing for the NFL? And Why it Matters

In August 2014 the NFL announced a new, tougher policy on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault; a quick public relations response to the video-tape that went viral of Ray Rice assaulting his then fiancé Janay Palmer. As part of the NFL’s new commitment to address violence off the field, Commissioner Roger Goodell said “even one case of domestic or sexual violence is unacceptable.”

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The Best Self-Defense Everyone Walks Away Except the Bad Guy

When I teach self-defense I often say “the best self-defense is to never know what could have happened, because it didn’t.” Even better, here is a story (see article below) about a group of women who knew exactly what could have happened, and it didn’t – and the bad guy is looking at some real jail time. [i]

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