Either way, Burning Man need not be the only excuse to train our girls in self-defense and how to watch out for each other. I think it ought to taught be in every high school gym course. And the more self-confidence a girl has, the more likely she will say no when someone puts a move on her that she's not ok with.
Agree and agree, I did my first self-defense class in 1972. Actually the problem I am having developing a self-defense class for Burner women is based on the fact that in a Burner environment women feel safer (because generally they are) and are more confident in their ability to handle things (because they are). In the old days (pre-burner types), I used to spend at least one class day on 'how to walk and move' and review that on a regular basis, now I can think of maybe two women who need work in that area. One of the primary aspects is that, at least in the group I hang out with, there is a big touchy-feely environment and the girls expect the guys to know when to stop. The problem comes from the guys who are your basic pervs, or are too stoned, drunk or whatever to keep themselves under control. The women, in general, are hesitant to go to confrontation, they cut the guys a lot of slack because generally they can, which to too many men means keep on coming. The avoidance of confrontation has dual roots, one is the fact that women both by nature and socialization do not confront others and our general culture (Burner) that allows a lot of freedom of action. In general I have found that the biggest problems come when Burner and non-burner (or newbies) come together, we live by different rules; example, a couple of weeks ago I was hugged by a naked young women while I was also naked, she is almost exactly 2 years older than my son, it was just a friendly thing for us, the newbies did not see it that way. A bit later one of the guys asked for a hug and while I was getting dressed I asked her, 'Are you comfortable with him grabbing your butt? answer "not really' my response 'then tell him so'. The basic thing was that she was so startled by his 'taking liberties' and by her natural reactions that she did not respond a manner that would make him back off -- nailing him in the throat, as I used to teach would have been a bit extreme also.
A second point, I have volunteered as a self-defense instructor at schools twice, both times as part of a group headed by women, in both cases we were turned down. We might 'encourage violence'.
I like playing with fire.