Social Conditioning: Women & Violence, Part II – Tammy Yard-McCracken, Pys.D. (Conflict Manager, NOVEMBER, 2015)

Read Part I Rabbit Trail I suspect there is an intellectual drift in our thinking as professionals in the world of violence. Whether it is as force professionals, martial art instructors, self-defense instructors, or etc., human nature is to normalize what we learn from experience and training. Once normalized, there is an unconscious judgment that … [Read more…]

Social Conditioning: Women & Violence, Part I – Tammy Yard-McCracken, Pys.D. (Conflict Manager, NOVEMBER, 2015)

An opening disclaimer is important: research, hard science, is difficult to find on this topic. Ethics as they are on human research prevents us from setting up attacks on a randomized sampling pool of unsuspecting, uninformed women. The ethical guidelines on human research are there for a reason. The result? What follows is based on … [Read more…]

Commentary on “Consent Tea” – Marc MacYoung ——————————————————- It’s very much a partial answer to a larger issue. However, I think it overlooks some complicating factors. One of which is the unconscious patterns of the bonding process and the messages we send while following it. One of the bigger requirements for the bonding process to happen is isolation. … [Read more…]

How to Avoid Rape: Part I – Marc MacYoung

Avoiding rape is only easy if you understand what is going on within yourself, in your surroundings and haven’t blindly put yourself into a high risk situation. Without these factors you will not be mentally prepared to do what you have to do in order to prevent being raped. Whether that is to escape or break his jaw or kill him — in a rape situation you may be called upon … [Read more…]

On WSD and Rad Feminism – Marc MacYoung

How to Exercise Our Right to Defend Ourselves without Being Victim-Blaming —————————————————————————– Commentary: Aside from watching the incredible mental gymnastics to reconcile an unsupportable ideology with raw reality (i.e. a woman has the right to walk naked into a biker bar and not be molested — well okay, well maybe that’s unrealistic, but she should! … [Read more…]

Advice for Women – Garry Smith

Safety Tips for Women to Remember: 1. Always be aware of your surroundings This applies whether you are traveling alone or in groups. Do not just focus inwardly on your thoughts if you are alone, or your friends if you are together. Keep one eye out for your environment, looking out for suspicious characters, possible … [Read more…]