Author: Ellen Snortland

Real Wonder Women are rarely used to teach ‘Wonder Woman’ courses on self-defense

Sitting next to me at a recent luncheon for the United Nations Association was a fantastic seatmate, “Emma Empowerment” (not her real name), who is a pillar of several communities that empower women and girls. She asked what I do, and I said, “I am an empowerment self-defense advocate, and have written a book about it which is now a movie.” Winking, I said, “I am a Wonder Woman!” She brightened and said, “We just had a self-defense class for my group!” “Terrific,” I said. “Who taught it?” “Oh, this really nice guy, Marty Martial Arts!” (also not his...

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Margaret Atwood’s ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ depicts a dystopian world that’s all too real

The Handmaid’s Tale,” based on author (and badass) Margaret Atwood’s brilliant dystopian novel of the same name, is officially the feel-bad hit of the new Hulu season. It should be required viewing for … well, everyone, especially people who are not natural dot-connectors. The conception, birth and delivery of a dictatorship parallels a society’s relationship with women and reproduction. This is not theory; it is practice all over the radical right-wing world. Since the advent of the written word, there has been a war on women. If you think that statement is hyperbole, read Riane Eisler’s “The Chalice and...

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