Author: Melanie Lindenthal

Meeting the mongrel

Whistles. Dirty laughs. “Oooh, fancy hat!” A drunk young guy thrusts his crotch at me threateningly, limboing closer and closer. He’s backed up by equally drunk mates.  I’m out with my husband on a rare, kid-free date night. Nothing outrageous, just a civilised drink in Glebe. We stroll arm-in-arm through quiet streets towards Central. On Broadway we hear a group… Read more →

Kungfu Sydney

Why we don’t teach women’s self defence

There is no such thing as ‘women’s self defence’. There, we’ve said it. But it’s a scary world out there you say? ‘Self defence’ conventionally includes all the things you do to ensure you are not in a situation where you can be assaulted in the first place. You’re probably doing all that already, as the current debate in the… Read more →

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