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Primer for Personal Safety and Healthy Relationships

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Whether telling a street harasser to back off, explaining to a date you’re not interested in physical contact, or telling a boss you can’t work late, boundary setting in today’s world is crucial to healthy relationships and personal safety. So says Cristien Storm, longtime mental health therapist and author of Empowered Boundaries: Speaking Truth, Setting Boundaries, and Inspiring Social Change (North Atlantic Books). According to Storm, many of us do not have the tools to create and articulate effective boundaries. Further, she says, many are unsure of how to enforce the boundaries they set. Empowered Boundaries comes at a time when the #MeToo movement is leaving many wanting more in the way of language, tools and tactics for setting and…

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Avital Zeisler on turning women into Weapons of Fitness

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In the wake of her darkest moment, Avital Zeisler became a living weapon. Through the study of self-defense, she transformed her body and herself, while at the same time conquering fear and reclaiming her life. Now, Zeisler is sharing her methods in her book, Weapons of Fitness: The Woman’s Ultimate Guide to Fitness, Self-Defense, and Empowerment (Penguin, 2015). Zeisler was a ballerina in Canada when one night she was brutally beaten and raped by a man she had been seeing. While the physical damage took time to heal, the emotional trauma was even deeper and more painful. “Every aspect of positivity and daily enjoyment in life had vanished. I felt nothing but negativity—toward everything and everyone.” In search of a…

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