Woman Confronts Catcallers and Secretly Films Their Reactions

Points for candor, I guess.

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By Elizabeth Barrett Browning

I tell you, hopeless grief is passionless;
That only men incredulous of despair,
Half-taught in anguish, through the midnight air
Beat upward to God’s throne in loud access
Of shrieking and reproach. Full desertness,
In souls as countries, lieth silent-bare
Under the blanching, vertical eye-glare
Of the absolute heavens. Deep-hearted man, express
Grief for thy dead in silence like to death—
Most like a monumental statue set
In everlasting watch and moveless woe
Till itself crumble to the dust beneath.
Touch it; the marble eyelids are not wet:
If it could weep, it could arise and go.
Virginia Woolf's Idea of Privacy

A lovely, meditative piece by Joshua Rothman on Woolf, solitude, and dignity. A volume could be written just on “the realization that men, but not women, have long been granted a right to solitude.”

One from the Krav Maga archives…

NRA lobbying led to law that stopped CDC from using federal funds to study gun violence

According to the former director of the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, “The scientific community has been terrorized by the NRA.” When will we learn that people who fear knowledge are not to be trusted?

Hypocrisy and Ignorance at the Supreme Court: The Hobby Lobby Ruling

The Supreme Court has just issued its ruling in the Hobby Lobby contraception case, holding that “closely held corporations” can choose not to provide contraception coverage if they have sincere religious objections to doing so. I’m still processing this disheartening decision, but in the meantime a few reminders about this issues raised in this case:

1. Contraception is health care. Pregnancy is a serious health care condition under ideal circumstances, and a potentially lethal one under other circumstances. Moreover, more than a million women use contraception for medical purposes completely unrelated to pregnancy - to treat endometriosis, ovarian cysts, acne, and other conditions.

2. Hobby Lobby’s claim that some forms of birth control - namely Plan B, Ella, and IUDs - covered by the mandate are abortifacients is completely false.

3. Hobby Lobby’s supposedly sincere religious objection to these forms of birth control is quite recent: its health insurance plan covered Plan B and Ella until 2012.

4. At the time of Hobby Lobby’s newfound religious objection to contraception coverage, the company’s retirement plan had invested more than $73 million in contraception manufacturers.

5. Hobby Lobby has raised no religious objection to covering erectile-dysfunction medication, penis pumps, or in fact any other form of health care used exclusively by men.

Our latest Krav Maga demo video - knife street attack.

In this HuffPost Live discussion, I talk with Amanda Marcotte and host Ricky Camilleri about why self-defense is not the answer to rape.

As a Krav Maga instructor who wishes our society truly encouraged women to exert control over their bodies, I hope people will consider the multitude of ways that it does exactly the opposite. Most sexual assaults are perpetrated by someone the victims knows and trusts, not strangers hiding in bushes. This fact - that husbands, boyfriends, colleagues, and peers are the primary threats to women’s safety - means that the problem of sexual assault cannot be mitigated the same way robberies or carjackings can. Sexual assault is primarily a matter of prejudice and contempt, similar to racist or homophobic violence. That makes it a problem that must be addressed by combating underlying social attitudes of sexual entitlement and sexism.

Men and boys must be taught that they have no right to anyone’s body; women and girls must be taught that no one has the right to their bodies. This message must be enforced by granting women’s bodily autonomy the same respect afforded to men’s in all aspects of life - whether the choices involve reproductive rights, romantic relationships, or personal appearance and movement. Genuine commitment to gender equality will do more to prevent sexual assault than decades of self-defense classes (which, it is worth pointing out, are only available to those with the time and money to spend on them).

It would be wonderful if every woman - everyone - had the opportunity to learn self-defense (especially Krav Maga!), but even if this were possible, it would do very little to address the problem of sexual assault. Sexual assault is a preventable crime for which we all have collective responsibility: we have an obligation to defend all women’s rights to be treated as human beings, all the time.


I talk with David Marin (host of the radio show Mister Mom) about the UCSB shooter and the exploitative and dangerous propaganda of the pickup artist (PUA) industry.

Why The UCSB Shooter's Manifesto Is All Too Familiar