Purple! Dog! Underpants! It’s a classroom, but children are being encouraged to shout random, silly words, and learn to love the power of their voices. They’re also being encouraged to run around and play. And, more often than not, the children are the ones calling the shots. You’ll likely see them standing in assertive positions, across from the adults, controlling their every move. In other words, the kids are doing pretty much everything they’re not allowed to do during th
I hadn’t felt a lack of confidence. I hadn’t felt a lack of power or strength. I exercise, workout, do yoga. I know I am strong. Spending a week at ESD Global Camp taught me, among many lessons, that I didn’t need to lack these to become more filled with them. I didn’t gain muscle mass in just one week. These feelings of being stronger in my body didn’t come from bigger muscles. And yet, after one week, my body is stronger, my voice is louder. The strength was always there.
Abstract: Women’s self-defense training has been excluded from sexual violence prevention efforts for a variety of reasons, including concerns that it is ineffective, encourages victim blaming, neglects acquaintance assault, and does not target the underlying factors that facilitate sexual violence. In this article, I argue that these critiques are misguided, founded on (1) misunderstandings of self-defense training, (2) stereotypes about gender, and (3) individualistic assum