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Phrost
7/16/2013 12:00pm,
http://i.imgur.com/GIyim6D.jpg

Social mobility is something most of us take for granted; the ability to improve one's station in life through effort, talent, and dedication is a concept a lot of us don't even think about. If I just cut back on the margaritas and bring my lunch to work, I could probably afford that motorcycle... If I got my Master's I'd be making $20k more a year and we could afford that lake house.....

And while each day that goes by it seems that those of us in the "first world" are losing that wide range of options and opportunities, imagine having born in a place where there are few to begin with. Now imagine being born, in the developing world, to a family that belongs to the lowest rung of society... so low they're called "untouchable".

Now imagine, with all this against you, being born into this world as a girl; a girl in a part of the world where a deeply male-dominated culture automatically makes you a second-class citizen. But considering how you're already a fifth-class citizen, the social math puts you slightly ahead of livestock, but only by virtue of it being legal to put a penis in you.


http://i.imgur.com/GuqrDgQ.jpg
Sampat Pal Devi and her Gulabi Gang

That's the world into which Sampat Pal Devi was born; a world she had only eleven years to learn about before being married off to a man in her village, a world where she feared being caught teaching herself how to read.

Let's take a break for a second. I know this is already starting to read like something written on a bumper-stickered Mac in a Starbucks by a chick who refuses to shave her armpits. So let's cut to the chase; this lady and her crew are beating the **** out of people with sticks.

See? We were getting to a point all along, and your monitor doesn't smell like patchouli oil.


http://i.imgur.com/Wcb67Vx.jpg
This girl. You can smell her armpits through the Internet

The Gulabi Gang was formed in 2006 by Sampat Pal Devi, with the aim of stopping corruption, violence against women, and other social problems in the remote northern part of India. Devi had been a child bride, and eventually allowed to work for the government's health department.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXwH-kjSUSs

Here's the thing folks: most people would rather live with problems in their communities - even ones that affect them directly - than do anything beyond coming up with excuses as to why they can't do anything to fix them, or how someone else should be doing so. Examples of this mind-boggling mental dysfunction include the guy whose daily ritual includes grumbling about the dick-and-balls graffiti on the stop sign at the end of his street, the mugging victim who blames the police for not being nearby when she got her purse taken, and pretty much anyone who expects genuine "change" from a candidate when two parties completely control the election process.

For most people, as long as the **** you have to wade through isn't too deep, as long as the humiliation isn't too great, as long as the chains aren't too tight, it's somehow better to endure routine discomfort than to deal with the unknown discomforts and risks involved with putting an end to them.

To be honest, Sampat Pal Devi shouldn't be considered a badass. She only earns that title by doing what everyone should do in her situation, because in this particular aspect of badassery - social activism - the bar is so goddamn low that 99% of the population has not only tripped over it, but are also just laying on the ground looking for someone else to help them back up.

In the meantime, if you pretend to give a crap about a particular issue, and do nothing more than just whining about it over Social Media, you're pretty much the opposite of a badass.


http://i.imgur.com/hLYY09k.jpg
Which we guess would make you this guy (+points if you don't get this joke because you have no idea who he is).

Diesel_tke
7/16/2013 1:06pm,
That's pretty interesting. I can't find any info on how they train for stick fighting, other than if someone tries to fight them or verbally abuse them, they beat them down with sticks.

I guess that means they train with aliveness!

Phrost
7/16/2013 1:11pm,
I couldn't find much either, just a few videos of her teaching rudimentary blocking and striking techniques. But sticks are fairly intuitive weapons for the purposes they're wielding them.

Chili Pepper
7/16/2013 1:14pm,
That's pretty interesting. I can't find any info on how they train for stick fighting, other than if someone tries to fight them or verbally abuse them, they beat them down with sticks.


Nidar Singh described the training of village militias, wielding clubs/staves - it was repeated wood-chopping style strikes to the head, with everybody staying in formation.

Permalost
7/16/2013 1:20pm,
There's an Indian martial art called silambam that mainly uses the long stick like that. They did a little on Fight Quest in the kalarippayattu episode, around 20 mins in:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TU9ao2aE9Cc

I don't know if these ladies did any actual silambam training, but it seems to keep the long staff as a weapon in the popular imagination in India.

Ice Hole
7/16/2013 1:48pm,
I think that verbal communication is something the whole world needs to work on. But thereís a quote by Guru Gobind Singh Ji, a prominent figure in Sikhism, that says 'when all else fails, it is permitted to take the sword in to ones hand.'

The leader of the Gulabi Gang, Sampat Pal, reminded me of this quote when she said 'If they still donít listen, then I hit them with the latti (stick)'

http://shadesofbrwn.wordpress.com/tag/gulabi-gang/

pokeroo
7/18/2013 1:40pm,
OK, I am really curious who the guy in the tapout attire and tattoos is.

Phrost
7/18/2013 5:29pm,
OK, I am really curious who the guy in the tapout attire and tattoos is.

"Punkass". That's what he calls himself.

Considering how people from Bullshido call me "Phrost" in real life, I won't give him **** in that department.

Permalost
7/18/2013 5:46pm,
"Punkass". That's what he calls himself.

Considering how people from Bullshido call me "Phrost" in real life, I won't give him **** in that department.

Phrost isn't as bad, unless you make a point of saying "Phrost with a P H."

Phrost
7/18/2013 6:02pm,
Phrost isn't as bad, unless you make a point of saying "Phrost with a P H."

I've had some people call me "Phorst".

pokeroo
7/19/2013 1:14am,
OK I have heard of him. I know about the jackass movies and all. Just haven't been able to watch them.

atheistmantis
7/19/2013 2:12am,
These empowered women seem to be doing quite well for themselves and that's a good thing. I applaud their efforts. It's my sincere hope that this small beginning spreads through India and other countries. To afford the same basic opportunities to women that exist for men will obviously require a total 180 degree in the mind set for so many cultures/peoples. Sure it will be a long wait but the dialog has started and I'm hopeful.

MEGALEF
7/20/2013 7:12am,
I'm surprised you're making such a big deal out of girls not shaving their armpits.

atheistmantis
7/21/2013 7:56am,
I'm surprised you're making such a big deal out of girls not shaving their armpits.

I'm surprised your such a sexist douche bag.

Bezmond
7/21/2013 8:08am,
I'm surprised your such a sexist douche bag.

I think you might have misunderstood his point AM. Read Megalef's comment in relation to the original post. :)

MEGALEF
7/21/2013 3:49pm,
Whoa pardner. I think maybe you didn't quite read me right there.
(pardner in this case means mantis guy)