Stupid Idiotic White Male Liberals/Radicals & Their Stupid White Knight Behavior
So, a few months back, a few of the young ladies I teach asked if I could teach them how to defend themselves with a pen. I would like to think they were applying the creative Kali mindset to self-protection and realized that they would almost always have a pen within reach, but the reality is that Lady Auslander saw a Smith & Wesson Tactical Pen in metallic pink on Kaligear.com. So, I designed a curriculum & set about organizing and advertising a self-defense workshop with the pen in mind.
Several of my students forwarded the Facebook event to their friends to drum up more interest. One of my students, a black female, invited a white male friend, who then proceeded to write a screed of condemnation at the very idea of such behavior.
I share his remarks with you so you may enjoy the humor that is a privileged white American male condemning women & ethnic minorities learning self-defense by continually relating everything back to his own privileged existence:
"I'd honestly rather get stabbed by a pen than submit myself to such an subconscious American obsession of turning every phallic symbol into a device used for puncturing, entering and ultimately violating the flesh of another human being. What an obvious admission of our great inability to articulate in order to achieve co-operation. It is interesting that we resort to brutality with common artistic objects, such as pens and pencils, because it seems to signify some vague frustration at our inability to use them to say anything except justify the very act of brutality. I'd love to learn how to defend myself better, but out of an sense of dignity, and because I do not subscribe to poetic vigilantism, or justice, I'll confine my stabbing to knives, pitchforks, bamboo poles, and bayonets."
"The fact that we are literate enough to hold this debate suggests an amount of privilege that only a society which does not resort to brutality affords. The acts of communication, and cooperation, afforded by the privilege of education, generally negates our need to learn how to go around shanking one another with every object available in order to survive. We are blessed to have not been born into such a society. While using a pen/pencil for self-defense might afford me a minor sense of security, in some situations (like prison - which is another debate entirely), learning how to use a pen/pencil to articulate sentiments, such as non-violence, that communicate the essence of "why we don't go around stabbing/raping/shanking one another" has afforded us the (ostentatious) privilege and security for to be able to become literate, attend school, and become educated participants in democratic society."