We came across this review on Feminist Review while doing our daily blog reading the other day. While we uphold the principles of nonviolence very close to our hearts, we believe that self defense is an important tool to have and can even give you more confidence as you navigate DC’s public spaces. While we are not big fans of techniques like the eye-jab, Mickey Z’s new book, Self Defense for Radicals: A to Z Guide for Subversive Struggle looks interesting.
From Feminist Review:
While it’s true that most conflict can and should be resolved with nonviolence, even peace-loving radicals like Mickey Z., the author of this alphabetical guide to self-defense, acknowledge that an absolute aversion to violence is nearly impossible in our war-loving (yet God-fearing) society that seems to tolerate blood-n-guts for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
In a country where a woman is raped every forty-six seconds, peaceful resolution can quickly become a warm fuzzy afterthought. The reality is that standing up for something usually requires standing up against something. That something may be a repressive and stubborn government, or it may be a big, scary and armed figure looming in the dark. Either way, knowing how to use your body in emergencies is as important as knowing how to argue for your beliefs in the face of adversity.
Mickey does not discourage standing firm in pacifism, but advocates that we all (especially women, who are statistically at a greater risk of physical attack) prepare for the worst. You may choose not to live in fear of fire, but this doesn’t mean you forgo the fire alarm. In this vein, Mickey has armed us with a manual of self-defense techniques cleverly written with the help of motivating anecdotes and quirky cartoons by fellow radical, Richard Cole. Whether it is mustering every bit of might in our bodies to scream and run, or delivering a precise finger jab to the eyes followed by a hard kick to the balls, Mickey supplies us with a handy bag of tricks to use under pressure. The guy knows what he’s talking about—with a personal history of martial arts, kickboxing and personal training—he values equally the power of body with the power of mind. Keep Reading the Review.
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