I’ll admit, I have not been to UREC ever since it was required for my freshman GenEd health class, but I was intrigued to learn about this class offering. In case, like me, you didn’t know, UREC provides women self defense classes here at JMU.
I am really happy to hear that such a class exists but also want to point out that it isn’t the women’s responsibility to protect herself from sexual assault. Self defense is a great skill to have in general, but targeting this class towards women shows the double standard on campuses that it is our problem to protect ourselves.
A friend of mine was describing the class as “really beneficial” because it could “get you out of a bad situation.” He said, “women deserve to walk around knowing what it takes to be safe.” This is all good and true, but completely pervasive of this idea that men are somehow excluded from the equation. The class is really well intentioned but people need to remember that sexual assault is still the perpetrators responsibility to NOT do it. Another thing to think about is how most self defense classes exclude scenarios where most sexual assaults actually take place. It would be interesting to see how this one is. If anyone has taken the self defense classes at JMU, comment below letting me know!
It shouldn’t be a pre-requisite for every woman who wants to take a walk that she has taken a self defense class.
However, now that I have said that, if you want to go learn how to kick some ass, then go for it!