On Her Own

Welcome to On Her Own

A place for the woman who has herself together and is just messy around the edges AND the woman who aspires to be that woman

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- Jane Smith

Personal Coach

Personal alarms: will they make you safer?

Personal alarms are perennially popular and have been making a comeback as a personal safety device. The idea is that by using a device to make very loud noises, the attacker will be scared off. Perhaps they will want to get away from the disorienting and painful sounds, or they will want to avoid the

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How to be a good training partner

One of the reasons hands-on self-defense training can be challenging and intimidating is because at some point, you will need to use those skills against another human being. The relevant skills rarely exist in isolation because the entire point is that they will work to physically deter or stop an attacker. To do that, you’re

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Are women’s-only self-defense classes good?

Occasionally, someone asks me about women’s-only self-defense classes. They’re a popular offering and often fill quickly, so clearly there is a market for them. The question for me, though, is whether they’re a good idea that serves the student population well, in a way that will make them actually safer when they leave. After all,

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Criminal stereotypes

Stereotypes about you are one thing, but what about the stereotypes that you believe in about other people? For the same reasons the generalized ideas about the type of person you appear to be can be harmful to you in a variety of ways, the same kinds of ideas applied outward can harm the folks

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Breaking biases

International Women’s Day was yesterday, and this year’s theme was #BreakTheBias – a call to action to work against gender discrimination and stereotyping. Many of the suggestions revolve around how we can call out discriminatory behavior resulting from bias and stereotyping, and how we can change people’s minds about women. Continuing from Monday’s theme, however,

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Little boxes all the same

“Good girls don’t…” We’re all familiar with the stereotypes, and the social conditioning that creates and reinforces the behaviors that make up those stereotypes. They’re not limited to gender roles, though, and today I’m thinking about how similar types of stereotypes and conditioning can affect other groups, sometimes subjecting individuals to even more outside forces

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