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damn near 30 years ago and still relevant

Can someone show me a similarly frank conversation about rape culture in any of your progressive faves….

I’ll Wait

revolutionary tv i wrote about this and it’s importance to me a few years ago.

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Martial arts is indeed an ancient and amazing practice, and women who are interested in studying it because they feel empowered by it, or because they think it’s fascinating, or because they want to use it for fitness, or any other number of reasons, absolutely should. Especially in a world that insists on a demure, compliant version of femininity, a physically assertive tradition can be huge for women, especially those encountering it for the first time. Martial arts isn’t just about learning the art of movement, too, but also about the ethical and honourable application of martial arts skills, and about when the voice is better than the fist — deescalation tactics are an important part of martial arts training.

But women aren’t required to learn martial arts, nor should they be. Because the burden here is not on women and girls to learn how to defend themselves, but on men to stop assaulting women. As soon as society positions the responsibility here on women, it allows men to escape without accountability, and it further reinforces the idea that victims are to blame for what happens to them — she wouldn’t have been raped if she’d known kendo, if she’s been studying karate she could have thrown off her attacker. This is a fundamentally wrong approach.
Women Don’t Need Self-Defense: Men Need to Stop Assaulting Women | this ain’t livin’ (via brutereason)



"The goal is not to turn kids into your kind of adult, but rather, better adults than you have been. Progress happens because new generations grow and develop and become better than the previous ones.”

From Adora Svitak’s talkWhat adults can learn from kids.” In her talk, Adora makes a case for why adults shouldn’t underestimate kids. And they shouldn’t. Kids are doing amazing things. Let’s just take a second to think about how Adora organized her first TEDxYouth event when she was just 12.

This weekend, young people around the world are attending, organizing, speaking at, and watching TEDxYouthDay events — TEDx events dedicated to the ingenuity of kids worldwide. Every year we’re taken aback by the amazing things that come out of these events, and we think you should be, too. Find a TEDxYouthDay event near you to attend or watch live online here.

this is so effing important and i’m super impressed after read her transcript

What I remember most about emotional abuse is that it’s like being put in a box. How you end up in there is the biggest trick – I never managed to work that one out. Maybe you think it’s a treasure box at first: you’re in there because you’re special. Soon the box starts to shrink. Every time you touch the edges there is an “argument”. So you try to make yourself fit. You curl up, become smaller, quieter, remove the excessive, offensive parts of your personality – you begin to notice lots of these. You eliminate people and interests, change your behaviour. But still the box gets smaller. You think it’s your fault. The terrible, unforgivable too-muchness of you is to blame. You don’t realise that the box is shrinking, or who is making it smaller. You don’t yet understand that you will never, ever be tiny enough to fit, or silent enough to avoid a row
It’s time to make emotional abuse a crime - Lauren Laverne (via ninja-suffragette)
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