- You also practiced using your voice. Good words are direct commands:
- LET GO
- BACK OFF
- and others
You can listen to these audio lessons on using your voice from Free to Fight, a compilation CD and booklet on self-defense from the Riot Grrrl movement (you can find out more about the project on this Free To Fight page). The lessons are on Yelling, Making a Scene, and Assertiveness.
Men who attack women are NOT looking for a sparring partner, nor are they seeking a workout buddy. They are looking for someone they believe they can readily intimidate into silence and compliance. You can often evade an assault by assertive body language and voice. For a more complete review, read this Using Your Voice page.
For your pop quiz in Week 2, you need to know:
- 2 things every attacker needs
- 4 skill-sets you need for effective self-defense
- the 4.5 decisive tagets
- 6 reasons to use your voice
- your one and only aim should you need to use your physical skills
These are all in the first few pages of your reading packet — read through and including the page titled Voice.
Amy Cuddy, a researcher at the Harvard Business School, presents on how your body language affects your sense of agency, and how that in turn affects others’ perceptions. This is crucial for effective self-defense!