Last week I saw an article on CNN that said police near two Kansas universities are warning students about the possibility of a serial rapist. They think the same man has raped 13 women during the last 8 years. The typical advice was given - lock your doors, don't go out at night alone, report anything suspicious, blah blah blah.
The article also reported that the women's center and a group called "Wildcats Against Rape" were handing out pamphlets on campus.
"Oooh," I thought. "Wildcats! It reminds me of The Cornered Cat - maybe they're teaching women to fight back! Cool!" So I googled the name and uh...no. Not so much with the self-defense.
From the site I learned that although their name is W.A.R., they are are a "nonviolent culture-change group" looking to "change the part of our culture that makes it acceptable for people to take control away from others and behave in a violent, selfish way." Good luck with that. And apparently we live in a "rape culture" where men should promise to be different and women should walk in packs to "take back the night." Or something.
But the thing I found most interesting (read as: "pathetic" and/or "ignorant") is that they chose the symbol of the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 to represent their mission. They particularly like the image of the lone man standing before the line of tanks, halting their progress.
It's a powerful image, to be sure, and the man in it was undoubtedly brave and noble.
It's believed that he was later executed by the government.
So protest all you want, Wildcats. Chant your feelgood slogans and hold your little fundraisers but remember...non-violence in the face of violence usually only gets you dead.