Louis A. Sharpe, Jr. (lt-rentaroo) wrote:
I voted no, and yes I understand how some women who have been involved in an abusive relationship could benefit/feel more comfortable in a learning environment free from men. However, if the time comes or a situation arises that requires her to confront another abusive man, will the female student who only trained with other female students be able to assert herself?
Also, what about men who come from abusive relationships? Some may scoff at the idea, but it happens. Should we have classes only for men who come from abused relationships?
I believe part of the healing process is to learn that not all men are bad. In order for this to occur, a female student would have to work with men who are not bad and are there to help the healing process.
I agree, however, often the healing process must start from a more comfortable and protected situation. The desensitization and sensitization process must at some point, as you say, enable a person to confront and overcome their fear.