How the City of Brotherly Love has gotten me down.
I grew up about 20 minutes outside of Philly and have spent a lot of time there, and even lived in the City for awhile. It’s a great place, and every time I go home, seeing the Philly skyline makes me feel all warm and nostalgic.
That’s why this article got me so upset.
The video above contains images that might upset sensitive viewers.
On Tuesday, a young woman was waiting for a train (one I used to take all the time) when a man asked her for a lighter. Suddenly, he hits her, then grabs her by her ankles and throws her onto the subway tracks.
What has caught my attention though is the number of people who have stated that more women must be prepared to deal with would be attackers more forcefully. I agree. I definitely do NOT agree with the far-right NRA supporters who think we should arm everyone with machine guns by the time they can walk. However, because our societies still tend to view women as having less worth than men, women will continue to be targets of violent crimes from those seeking to take advantage of a “weaker” victim.
Self-defense courses and classes like kick boxing are great, and I think more women should take them. They are empowering, a great workout, and most importantly, will give more women the confidence to either stand their ground or fight back when necessary.
I even agree with people who want to learn how to use a firearm. It doesn’t hurt, and unfortunately, anyone could find themselves in a situation where they need to use one.