How to Kick a Guy in the Balls: An Illustrated Guide

The Problem With Cute Self-Defense Products for Women

When you're a woman, fear is a fact of life. That's not to say we're necessarily scared all the time; it's simply that we're all too familiar with that sudden prickle. » 5/31/14 2:00pm 5/31/14 2:00pm

Wannabe Rapist Threatens U.S. Navy Sailor, Gets His Ass Handed to Him

A feel-good attempted rape story (TGIF): A 21-year-old bus driver tried to kiss a woman in Dubai; when she refused, he pulled out a knife and threatened to rape her, because buses around the world seem to come with a special rape-seating only area these days. The woman, a 28-year-old off-duty United States Navy… » 4/26/13 6:10pm 4/26/13 6:10pm

'Damsel in Defense,' for the Woman Looking for a Feminine Way to Defend…

Being an independent woman is rough, especially if you want to practice non-lethal defense but feel uncomfortable doing so without a sufficient amount of bling. Or at least that's the reasoning behind "Damsel in Defense," a for-profit company — which seems awfully like a multi-level marketing scheme — that employs… » 10/04/12 6:15pm 10/04/12 6:15pm

Please. Enough With the Pink Shit.

Hey, ladies. Do you like not getting ax-murdered by a madman, but just wish that not dying a horrific death could be a little more fabulous? Well, get excited! Capitalism is here for you! Women's self-defense products are increasingly taking fashion into account as much as function, for all us ladies who've always… » 7/19/12 6:00pm 7/19/12 6:00pm

A Ladies' Primer on The Best Weapons for Self-Defense

Like most people who have watched too many episodes of Law & Order, I'm acutely aware of the danger of being a lady walking alone at night, especially if I'm in a neighborhood frequented by C-list former TV stars. But when I looked into the best ways to protect myself, I was overwhelmed by my options. So you don't… » 1/13/12 6:30pm 1/13/12 6:30pm

Woman Kills Intruder After Asking 911 Operator For Permission To Shoot…

For Sarah McKinley of Blanchard, Oklahoma the past few weeks have been unbelievably harrowing. First, the 18-year-old's husband died of lung cancer on Christmas. Then on New Year's eve two men tried to break in her house while she was home alone with her infant son. One of the men made it through her front door, and… » 1/04/12 11:53pm 1/04/12 11:53pm

For The Lady Who Has Everything, How About Some Blinged-Out Pepper…

Is regular pepper spray a bit too drab for your tastes? Then head over to Guardian Girls, where this year's It Weapon is available covered in Swarovski crystals for $74.95. The site also sells a taser for $369.95. It, sadly, is bling-free. » 12/19/11 4:50pm 12/19/11 4:50pm

Woman Attacked Cop With Sex Toy In Self Defense

We all chuckled about Carolee Bildsten attacking a cop with a sex toy, but there's an unfunny explanation. Bildsten, who's in AA now, says she'd heard a local cop was sexually assaulting women and grabbed the first "weapon" she saw. » 1/27/11 9:58am 1/27/11 9:58am

How To Shout Down A Perv: Tips And Tricks From The Subway Badass

When she eviscerated her subway attacker, Nicola Briggs wasn't planning on becoming an international heroine — she didn't even know she was being filmed. But she was, and she did, and I'm happy to personally confirm she's really that awesome. » 12/17/10 1:20pm 12/17/10 1:20pm

The Day I Beat Down Mick Foley

You may know him as Mankind, Dude Love, Cactus Jack, or that pro-wrestler who really, really loves Tori Amos. I now know Mick Foley as the guy who taught me to kick ass. » 10/05/10 2:02pm 10/05/10 2:02pm

Combing Out Crime

Cleveland women are investing in weapons disguised as lipstick and combs after a local man "was indicted for luring 14 homeless, drug-addled women into his house of horrors and then allegedly sexually attacking them and strangling 11 of them." [ABC] » 12/22/09 7:20pm 12/22/09 7:20pm

"Can I Use My Old Vibrator With My New Partner?"

It's time for another installment of Pot Psychology, the biweekly "advice" column in which we attempt to solve everyone's problems with an herbal remedy. » 10/16/09 8:00pm 10/16/09 8:00pm

"Get Her In A Good, Tight Half-Nelson..."

Wow, it's Axe's grandfather! "Hai Karate," the aftershave so powerful you'll need to violently beat off the the dames! Don't worry, self-defense manual in every package. Really. [Vintage-Ads] » 10/16/09 1:40pm 10/16/09 1:40pm

Oklahoma Fetus-Defense Bill Does Not Make Abortion Less Legal

Oklahoma is about to pass a law (about which we have gotten a lot of tips) that allows pregnant women to claim self-defense if they kill an attacker, even if he's only attacking their pregnancies. » 4/03/09 2:30pm 4/03/09 2:30pm

Conde Nasty

A tough 26-year-old named Marie Conde scared off three muggers » 11/19/08 9:20am 11/19/08 9:20am in New York on Sunday morning after they punched her and ran off with her purse. Marie chased the teenagers onto a station platform and grabbed one of them... leading the other muggers to plead with her to let him go. In the end, two of the kids were…

English "Rape Alarm" Does Little To Attract Attention

A new rape alarm called the "Ila Dusk" is set to go on sale » 9/26/08 1:30pm 9/26/08 1:30pm in the UK in a month, and it claims to be more effective than previous alarms because, instead of a siren, the alarm emits the sound of a "woman screaming." Thing is, it isn't that effective, as the 's Emine Saner discovered when she decided to test the alarm…

Every year, approximately 100 men in the UK kill their current or ex-partners. Sometimes, the guy more or less gets away with it under a section of law that allows the man to claim "provocation," a term which encompasses adultery and nagging. As of next week, not only will provocation due to adultery or nagging be an… » 7/23/08 2:40pm 7/23/08 2:40pm

The No-Contact Jacket is the latest in self-defense technology for women. Powered by a 9-volt battery, a mechanism on the cuff can be activated to give gropers an 80,000 volt shock. It's waterproof, and won't kill you if you wear it in the rain, but we're wondering what happens if you manage to cross your arms in a… » 6/03/08 1:45pm 6/03/08 1:45pm