Last night, a Black man in Los Angeles was fatally shot by police officers for carrying a Swiss Army knife. Before I proceed, I want to be clear that someone called the police for assault with a deadly weapon. Perhaps he did assault someone, and in that case, it would be reasonable to arrest him. A bystander said that the man was his friend, and that he liked to “wave a knife to scare tourists.” That’s stupid, that’s possibly arrestable, but there’s no reason that man should be dead.
It’s a Swiss Army knife. One man with a Swiss Army knife against what looks like it could be up to 10 cops has no chance of actually hurting them. The cops shot him not because they knew for sure that he had done anything wrong, because they didn’t, but because he was carrying a knife. And h was Black. Keep reading »
Who could possibly have a problem with free self defense classes hosted by the Glendale, California, Police Department in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month?
So-called “men’s rights” activists who complain that the classes that teach self-defense skills to girls and women are discriminatory against men. Keep reading »
Earlier this month, my friend and I found ourselves punching tufts of air while hysterically laughing throughout our first self-defense class. At 11 a.m. on a Saturday morning, I was pumped to punch some pretend perpetrators and learn how to become more acutely aware of my surroundings.
I consider myself a human suffering from “small dog syndrome,” meaning I think I am bigger and take up more space than I actually do. While this can sometimes get me into trouble, my self-defense instructor would most likely say this defect is the best thing a 5’2″ woman can be blessed with.
Check out the five favorite things I learned at my self-defense class after the jump! Keep reading »
Ladies, it is time to chew bubblegum and to kick ass. And we are all out of bubblegum, kick, and ass! These are five self-defense books so bad that by the time you’re done reading them, you’ll be dead. Keep reading »
Last week, we were kvelling about Shyane DeJesus, a 22-year-old college student in New York City who fought back when she was groped by a man while waiting for a subway. And she didn’t let the guy who lifted up her dress and slid his hand under her skirt get away when a train arrived: she followed him on the train, punched and kicked him, and shoved her Blackberry in his face to snap pictures. “I’m glad I fought back. I’m going to defend myself,” she told the New York Post. “I want him on the list for sex offenders.”
Well, it seems like Shyane DeJesus might just get her wish. The alleged subway groper, Froylan Andrade, 39, was arrested on Sunday after he was turned in by his brother. Keep reading »
We get some weird email here at The Frisky and the weirdest one I’ve received today is definitely the main item from yesterday’s Today’s Lady News column … animated. Yes, someone animated the news item about 22-year-old Shyane DeJesus, the woman who beat the crap out of a man who groped her on the New York City subway. Shyane DeJesus also shoved her phone in his face and snapped photos, so hopefully cops can catch this perv. Sexual assault is not a laughing matter, yet something about the awkward blob-people in the animation treatment is … funny. Hey, whatever gets more people educated. [BigAppleDaily.TV] Keep reading »