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How to Defend Yourself

  • Author(s): Padilla, Liliana Camille
  • Advisor(s): Iizuka, Naomi H
  • et al.

How to Defend Yourself is a play for seven college-aged actors. 5W, 2M.

Seven college students gather for a DIY self-defense workshop after a sorority sister is raped. They learn to use their bodies as weapons. They learn to fend off attackers. They learn “not to be a victim.” Learning self-defense becomes a channel for their rage, anxiety, confusion, trauma and desire – lots of desire. HOW TO DEFEND YOURSELF explores what you want, how to ask for it, and the insidious ways rape culture steals one's body and sense of belonging.

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