Women’s Issues/Self-Help – The Badass Girl’s Guide: Uncommon Strategies to Outwit Predators

The Badass Girl's GuideThe Badass Girl’s Guide: Uncommon Strategies to Outwit Predators
By CJ Scarlet
Published: December 2017
ISBN: 978-1977667717
ASIN: B078855MHJ
Genre: Non-fiction, Women’s Issues, Women’s Non-fiction, Self-help, Women’s Health
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The Badass Girl’s Guide: Uncommon Strategies to Outwit Predators is the one book criminal predators don’t want you to read! Filled with critical information about how to empower yourself to keep from becoming a crime statistic, this definitive, comprehensive guide contains facts and strategies not found in other personal security books.

This remarkable, edgy book reveals how predators select and groom their victims, and teaches women and girls how to “fail” the predator interview to avoid being targeted in the first place. It also provides clear instructions about how to use your personal bodily “weapons” to defend yourself in a confrontation, offering everything you need to know to stay safe, fight if you must, and navigate the criminal justice system if the worst happens.

This book leaves women and girls feeling more inspired, motivated, powerful, and confident about their ability to take care of themselves. If you read just one book on personal safety and self-defense in your lifetime, The Badass Girl’s Guide: Uncommon Strategies to Outwit Predators is the one for you!

The News is Alarming, But You Have More Power Than You Think!

If you watch the evening news, it can seem as if the world is being overrun by violence. And if you’re a woman or girl, you likely have already been victimized in some way or are vulnerable to criminal predators—at home, in the workplace and even in public areas.

Women and girls are generally raised to be nice to everyone. They’re taught to avoid being rude at all cost. To smile through awkward situations. To giggle when they feel uncomfortable rather than risk embarrassing someone who is just “playing” with them. To expect men to be their rescuers if they’re in danger.

How many times in your life have you ignored the blaring sirens from your intuition when someone was violating your boundaries? Or worried as the creepy guy from your dorm followed you to class? Or suffered through regular sexual harassment at work?

It’s a strange paradox—we spend so much of our lives being hyper-vigilant about potential danger, but become utterly helpless when we’re confronted with uncomfortable and even dangerous situations. We smile when someone pays us an inappropriate compliment at work. We roll our eyes when a man makes a crude joke or gesture. We stiffen but don’t necessarily move when someone brushes up against us.

Making “Nice” is Hurting You

Why? Why do we “make nice” when we’re treated with disrespect? Our instincts are correct, but we override them because our early training was so strong. Part of the reason is fear—that the situation will escalate if we object, that we’ll embarrass the other person or ourselves, or that the person we confront won’t like/love/employ us anymore. We’re also often clueless about how to respond. Then there’s the pervasive, personally-held belief that we can’t take care of ourselves, so we demure rather than react.

We feel helpless, which leads to a sense of hopelessness and powerlessness. Denial is also a huge factor; we deny what’s happening to us in favor of making excuses for the perpetrator: “He was just kidding.” “I’m just being overly sensitive.” “He didn’t mean it.” Or the ever popular, “Boys will be boys.” This unfortunate perspective lets predators off the hook when they behave badly.

It’s Time to Take Your Power Back!

If you’re tired of feeling afraid, of loathing and blaming yourself, of feeling too vulnerable, then take YOUR power back right now. Yes, right this very second! Recognize that you’re a powerful being and claim it!

It’s time for you to get indignant! It’s time to be as aggressive or rude as necessary to keep yourself safe and secure. It’s time to stop waiting for someone else to rescue you. Summon your inner badass and rescue yourself!

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Christian Living, Women’s Issues – Women of the Bible and Contemporary Women of Faith: A Feminist Perspective

Women of the Bible and Contemporary Women of FaithWomen of the Bible and Contemporary Women of Faith: A Feminist Perspective
By Jacqueline George
Publisher: WestBow Press
ISBN: 978-1512795400 (pb)
ISBN: 978-1512795394 (hc)
ASIN: B07964Z9M4
Genre: Spirituality, Women’s Issues, Christian Living
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This book focuses on a selected sample of women of faith from the Bible to contemporary times. It addresses how these women have been change agents in multiple facets of life, including in the family, in politics, and in the wider society. While their underlying connection can be seen as their faith in God and their willingness to serve, their vulnerability has also been evident. For the reader seeking to increase his or her faith in God and develop a closer spiritual walk, and for any whose interest lies in recognizing the similarities between biblical times and the present, this review that ranges from Eve through Mother Teresa through Oprah and Malala should be a must-read.

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Feminism, Social Issues – Sexist Shit that Pisses Me Off

Sexist Shit that Pisses Me OffSexist Shit that Pisses Me Off
By Peg Tittle
Publisher: Magenta
Published: April 2018
ISBN: 978-1926891392
ASIN: B00JOETGOE
Genre: Gender Issues, Feminism, Philosophy, Social Issues, Popular Culture, Women’s Issues
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The title says it all.

A collection of 110 exposes and analyses of everyday sexist shit — that pisses me off.

Feminist philosophy. With attitude.

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Memoir/Women’s Issues – When I Die, Take My Panties

When I Die, Take My PantiesWhen I Die, Take My Panties
Turning Your Darkest Moments Into Your Greatest Gifts
By Jennifer Coken
Publisher: Persona Publishing
Published: June 2016
ISBN: 978-0983371533
ASIN: B01N2NAFGG
Genre: Memoir, Grief, Women’s Issues
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When I Die, Take My Panties is a wake-up call about the personal transformation that can come from tragedy and what can be learned along the way. Jennifer takes us through her journey of her mother dying from ovarian cancer in 2011. Death forced her to face a harsh reality: So often you want to control life – and the truth is you can’t. To find true peace, you must come to terms with people and situations as they are, not as you wish them to be. When I Die, Take My Panties takes the reader through a journey of discovering the gifts in their own life as they learn how to appreciate what is right in front of them.

“When I Die, Take My Panties” – It’s funny, it’s frank, it’s inspiring. – Jenny Allen, Author of Would Everybody Please Stop?: Reflections on Life and Other Bad Ideas

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Women’s Non-Fiction – Maria: Immigrant, Community Activist

maria-immigrant-community-activistMaria: Immigrant, Community Activist
By Maria Rundquist
Publisher: Outskirts Press
Published: October 2016
ISBN: 978-1478773603
Genre: Women’s Non-Fiction
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“An Immigrant Making a Difference Through Community Involvement”

As a young girl growing up in Merida, Maria faced tragedy and hardship. As a young woman she endured abuse by her ex-husband. Maria found the courage to break free from her abuser and build a good life as a single parent with two small children. Maria’s life changed when she met a young American medical ex-change student from Iowa while she worked as a secretary for the medical residency program at a Hospital in Merida. Maria and her two small children came to America with a fiance visa in order to marry Dr. Rundquist. Maria and her two children are naturalized citizens and they hold dual citizenship. She is proud to be an American yet part of her heart belongs to her native country, as well. Maria has actively assimilated into the communities where she raised her four children. She advocates for women, children and the environment. Maria wants to inspire women to face challenges in their own lives by getting involved in their children’s activities as well as volunteering in their communities.”

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Memoir – Crowning Glory: An Experiment in Self-Discovery Through Disguise

Crowning GloryCrowning Glory
An Experiment in Self-Discovery Through Disguise
By Stacy Harshman
Publisher: Andarina Publishing
Release Date: June 26, 2016
ISBN: 978-0997368819
ASIN: B01D0UCT1E
Genre: Memoir
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Crowning glory is a book that is a social experiment combined with a memoir. It started when I bought a long, red wig one late night on eBay. When I put the wig on I felt transformed into a fiery, sexy and bold woman. When I wore the wig out into the world, people reacted to me very differently. Men and women both stared. One man threw his briefcase down on the ground, kneeled and asked me to take him home with him. I got a lot of attention. And I admit I loved it. I started wondering what it would be like if I had the same long hair, but different colors. How would I feel as a blond or brunette? How would people react to me?

I decided to find out and concocted a 5-week long experiment where I would live the life of a redhead, a blond, a raven-tressed woman and brunette, plus the last week was me with my own hair. I even hired an accomplice/spy to accompany me at all times and record data, like stare stats. The book is about the experiment and the adventures my spy and I have along the way, plus it is the story of my struggles with bi-polar disorder and how the experiment helped me heal in ways I couldn’t have predicted.

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