Opinion

Putting the boot in gender violence with Primal Combat training

Just in case the patriarchy doesn’t come through, women should consider empowering themselves by learning some kick-ass self-defence skills

01 December 2019 - 00:00 By

Every year, from November 25, all gender-based violence stops for 16 days*. Yes - completely. Millennia of highly febrile male-on-female violent crap - storied incidents like the state-sanctioned rape of the Sabine wives (Roman stuff) to the state-sanctioned rape of the Yazidi girls (Islamic State stuff) - are put on pause.

Because, you know, the patriarchy wants to give the ladies a rest. They want us to go to the post office in peace. They want us to date in a state of calm. To marry in safety. To celebrate Valentine's Day with a song in our heart as opposed to a bullet in our chests. For 16 days you can pee and sleep and walk and work and pick up packages in peace...

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