By Inga Muscio
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It’s taken you all your life to learn how to alienate yourself to the point of total irresponsibility. If it took society, say, twenty-five years to teach you that you have no control, it’ll take you less than a tenth of that time to learn yourself otherwise. In the long run, that’s not much time at all, but still, it does indeed amount to roughly two point five years. It is of utmost importance to be patient with yourself, your ignorance and your curiosity. Any stockbroker in her right mind will tell you: The return on an investment is wholly dependent upon the investment itself.
Unfortunately, we had been thinking with our clits and forgot about birth control. Sex is a powerful force. Inga did eventually make to it New York, and she called me. Over dinner, one of the first things I asked her was how she handled telling strangers the title of her book. ” How clever of her. In the seventies, I felt obliged, or maybe challenged, to say the name of my book every time someone asked. We had a good laugh when I told the story about the cab driver who inquired about my line of work.
But I discovered that Inga’s adamant anti-rape stand was not anti-sex. Instead, she offered ways for women to deal with rape beyond impotently stomping our feet, hating sex and blaming men. I silently cheered when she said we needed to learn self-protection, suggesting practical techniques for protection like the one she uses for dashes to the store late at night: she calls a friend to let her know she is going out, puts rocks in her pocket, jumps on her bike and goes. For me, the best part about studying martial arts and self-protection in the seventies was learning to avoid dangerous situations in the first place.