Yesterday, while avoiding work and hopping from random blog to random blog, I came across Violent Acres, or, more specifically, her How to Fight piece. I immediately sent it to several friends.
She talks about being six-years-old and her first experiences with bullying, and how her ex-Marine dad coached her into fighting — much to her mother’s dismay:“
What if someday a vicious serial killer kidnaps her?” my Father asked, “Do you want her to die weeping and begging for her life? Or would you rather she have the courage to wrench the knife from the killer’s hand and stab him in the throat?”
He paused, mid tirade, and said to me, “If that ever happens, V, stab and twist. Stab and twist.“
I’m also fond of screaming nonsensical phrases like “I’m going to eat your eyes!” at potential attackers. I keep saying that to M, while he responds with “stab and twist!” Really, I’m waiting for us both to be taken away to the looney bin.
Anyway, there’s some good advice in here about standing your ground and how fighting dirty is not a bad thing. If you didn’t learn these things at six, then be sure to check ’em out now.