‘Empowerment Self-Defense’ Programs Make Women Safer. Why Don’t More Colleges Use Them?Chronicle of Higher Education, 4/19/19.

Are Women Safer When They Learn Self-Defense?” by Lisa Raleigh. CASCade, Spring 2013

op-eds and blog posts

Why Isn’t Self-Defense Training Available to Every Woman Who Wants It? (Huffington Post, 6/17/15)

Self-Defense Training Prevents Sexual Violence Against Women,” by Molly Norris. IMPACT Chicago, 6/24/14

We Are Not Damsels in Distress; Let’s Not Wait for the Prince to Save Us (Girl w/Pen, The Society Pages, 6/12/14)

Empowering Women, Not Just Protecting Them (Gender & Society, 6/9/14)

College Should Offer Women Self-Defense Training (Eugene Register-Guard, 5/5/14)


Jocelyn Hollander, discussing the effectiveness of empowerment self-defense training (The Empowerment Podcast, 8/18/21)

Jocelyn Hollander, discussing why there is so much resistance to women’s self-defense (The Empowerment Podcast, 8/4/21)

Jocelyn Hollander & C.J. Pascoe, discussing “Good Guys Don’t Rape: Gender, Domination, and Mobilizing Rape” (Gender & Society podcast, 10/28/15)

Jocelyn Hollander, discussing “The Roots of Resistance to Women’s Self-Defense (Violence Against Women podcast, July 2009)


Self Defense Training is Empowering These Women to Get Outdoors” by David Gleisner. Backpacker, 7/20/22.

What I Gained from Self-Defense Class in the Wake of Anti-Asian Attacks” by Yasmin Tayag. New York Times, 6/9/21.

Training to Empower” by Lauren Yang Brown. Ethos, 3/28/21.

Want To End Sexual Violence? Feminist Self-Defense is the Only Proven Solution” by Edward Siddons. Apolitical, 8/10/18.

Self Defense Classes Work. Where Do They Fit in the Age of #MeToo?” by Karin Vandraiss. Seattle Met, 2/27/18

Why is Campus Rape Still So Prevalent? A 40-year-old Journalist Went Back to College to Find Out” by Vanessa Grigoriadis. Glamour, 8/2/17

5 Reasons You Should Take a Self-Defense Class” by Rachel Morris. Weight Watchers Magazine, August 2017

We’ve Been Teaching Women to Defend Themselves All Wrong,” by Caroline Cunningham. Washingtonian, 11/7/16

Assaults Against Women Come in Many Forms” by Malyssa Robles. Daily Emerald, 4/25/16.

Trained that ‘No Means No,’ young men act to stop rape,” by Ronnie Cohen, Reuters Health, 6/17/15

Teaching women to fight today could stop rapes tomorrow,” by Tamara Straus. Quartz, 6/11/15

The Benefits of Self-Defense,” by Erin Goldman. Community Health, 1/4/15

Rape Prevention Program Cuts Sexual Assaults in Kenya,” by Ronnie Cohen. Reuters Health, 4/16/14

Women’s Self-Defense Classes Boost Confidence as well as Safety” by Rebecca Brewster. Oregon Daily Emerald, 5/21/14