Britney’s recent Instagram post shines a spotlight on a favorite gatekeeping tactic

By now the plight of Britney Spears and the conservatorship she’s been living under for the past 13 years is fairly well known.

Just in case you’ve been living under a rock, here’s the story in a nutshell: in 2008 Britney Spears, the highest-selling pop star in history, who had…

Women’s voices, race and media coverage

Once upon a time, in what feels like a very long time ago, I had a boyfriend whose closest childhood friend was a woman. Let’s call her “M.” They had met in high school and remained good buddies even after going off to different colleges, different cities, different lives. Sometimes…

Then why bother learning it? The reasons are more important than you think. [TW]

In July of 2000, I became a statistic: I was violently attacked in my home, in the middle of the night, by a complete stranger. It was clear to me during the attack that I was fighting for my life. Except I didn’t know how to fight, or defend, or…

Traditional solutions just aren’t cutting it anymore

I’ve written before about how women spend 70% of our energy strategizing how to stay safe, a reality amplified by every woman killed while going about her own business, every life cut short by male-perpetrated violence: Sarah Everard, Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman, and now Sabina Nessa, the 28-year old…

President Biden says that the US presence in Afghanistan has cost the US too much money over the past 20 years. But what if US military peacekeeping efforts were funded from solving problems at home?

Over the past week, the world watched in horror as the Taliban moved into Kabul, the sitting president fled, and the extremist group took control of the country. …

Replacing paternal structures with maternal ones is not the only choice.

I’m currently traveling in the US, where I haven’t been for two years due to the pandemic. The last time I was here, Donald Trump was still President; Breonna Taylor and George Floyd were still alive; Bill Cosby was still in prison for aggravated indecent assault, and Harvey Weinstein was…

On the discomfort of men when talking about violence against women

In March of this year, I published an article titled Why the Stats Aren’t Helping, about the problematic statistics and language surrounding them in the famous “1 in 3 women” UN statistic that is always trotted out whenever the abuse, rape or murder of a woman or girl makes international…

Why we’re supporting the campaign by Mujeres Amazónicas demanding justice for Indigenous Land Defender María Taant

If you follow Pretty Deadly Self Defense on social media, you already know that every week we celebrate #WarriorWomenWednesday : we post original portrait illustrations by independent female artists, along with a bio of our weekly Warrior Woman’s life, work and legacy, whether it’s part of ancient history or still…

The most important word in self defense programming

Thanks to our partners at Aurat Raaj, Pretty Deadly Self Defense has been working with Pakistan youth group The Mirror, to develop a self defense against street harassment workshop the members of The Mirror can bring directly to their communities.

The Mirror is an organization based in Lahore, Pakistan dedicated to educating and eradicating gender-based harassment. They report that street harassment in Pakistan has been reaching nearly intolerable levels, and can range from mildly annoying to physically threatening and, in a few cases, have resulted in death.

Street harassment itself…

A new study claims to have found the real reason domestic violence spikes after major sporting events

[Warning: this article contains descriptions of domestic violence. If you or someone you know are experiencing domestic abuse, go directly to the end of this article to find immediate help and support information.]

Today is the final match of the UEFA European Cup: Italy vs England. I’m a football fan…

Susie Kahlich

Founder of Pretty Deadly Self Defense @ prettydeadlyselfdefense.com // Former producer of art podcast Artipoeus: art you can hear @ artipoeus.com

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