Alarmist Media Self-Defense Myths Strike Again

Women’t Self-Defense Trojan Horse
Part II


“Abducted in daylight outside a Target store and killed, Kelsey Smiths story could have been any womans story. Some [insert name of area here] are taking steps tonight to make sure it doesn’t happen to them.” -reporter on local news

Queue the flirtatious local Karate instructor and self proclaimed self-defense expert and 22nd Degree Black Belt in Hoo Flung Pooh. [Or the deep voiced tough chick who looks like she can play for the NFL] While often well intentioned, advice like this is often not only incorrect, but can be dangerous.

They sell ads and captivate viewers attention, but are they really presenting the facts? Should the media be shamed for profiteering on the deaths of women with tragic stories like this? Is it a public service when reports distort the truth and create unnecessary, and potentially dangerous, anxiety for the news audience?

The fact is that it couldn’t just happen to any of us. The context has to be just right in order for the crime to take place. It presumes too much in claiming, “It could be any womans story” and leaves no room for reality.

How many factors must be aligned in order for the crime to take place? Let’s see… A criminal with motive, opportunity, intent, ability, at the right timeline, in the precise location with adequate distance, and numerous other factors. No mention of these critical survival factors and requirements for crime. Just more sensational headlines to grab attention and raise anxiety of viewers. I contend that it perpetuates a helpless or misinformed state of mind.

Token Woman Self Defense Class Testimonial:

“I think its important for women to learn self defense so they become more aware. Now I feel more confident and think I can protect myself if anything ever happened.”

It’s the same news report that has been on for years, repackaged with nothing substantively new or significantly helpful for truly protecting yourself and loved ones from the most prevalent dangers likely to be faced.

The old saying, SSDD [Same Stuff Different Day] is validated once again. The same failed and misguided self defense advice women have been hearing for decades that continues.

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