Women in Jordan are fighting back against street harassment using martial arts skills they learned at self-defense class. 26-year-old Rasha Salih was able to fend off a would-be rapist using tips she picked up in her SheFighter class.
“I was able to overcome my fear and protect myself. It was an incredible feeling,” she said.
We begin to believe that we do not belong in certain surroundings, certain environments because we are women, because it will “invite” an unwanted and toxic encroachment. It will pour into us a certain inescapable sense of shame, a periodic dehumanization that very often can’t be expressed because there is no common or universally acceptable language to address our grief. This is when I decided I wanted to speak back, speak loud and take space without apologies. I realized we had to stop receding, stop abbreviating our own bodies till we are merely a collection of organs and memories, which was what they want of us in the first place.