Dr.Ruthless: Published Articles

Feed Your Beast!

"If I were Warrior Queen for a day, I would issue a decree that all women become too dangerous to attack." Fierce Love Essay

A sampling of articles, essays and columns--practical and spirited, laced with humor, grit, and womanly wisdom. From how-to strategies--on improvised weapons, rape defense, harnessing fear and more--to a behind-the-scenes look at armored-assailant training, to tales from yours truly, to why you should love your almighty hips.

Additional articles will be added—so check back soon!

Dr. Ruthless On the Huffington Post

Huffington Post
My page on Huff Post: FIVE smoking and breezy blogs with more to come. From my Homage to Mother India (where I learned I was a scrappy bitch) to practical how-to with slide show of pics, to awesome success stories (don't miss the CHICAGO gal who bit off her attacker's balls) to re-installing survival instincts and finding your inner Neander-Babe. Come read!

Beauty And The Beast Within

BUST MAGAZINE FEATURE
An unabashed tribute to my love affair with going primal. Raw, edgy, and, yes, naughty. (What can I say... it was love at first blow!)

A Self Defense Expert Challenges Women To Define What is Non-Negotiable?

Website of Feminist Pioneer & Powerhouse Gloria Feldt
A Lively Q+ A on my Dharma of Defense. "What happens when you combine primal self-defense methods with the insights of a psychotherapist, the wrath of the Hindu Goddess Kali and the heart of a warrior? Meet Dr. Ruthless, also known as Melissa Soalt."

Everyday Weapons Are A Girl's Best Friend

Self Defense For Women Magazine
You're in your kitchen when an intruder appears, intent on harm. Could you turn your handy colander or shiny new countertop into a deadly weapon? The bad guys shouldn't be the only ones doing this!

Being Nice Can Kill You

Forbes Online- She Negotiates Blog
Keepin' it real! Fight back self defense is raw. Why taking power and renegotiating with heart-pounding fear are vital to self defense. On ferocity factors; the ill effects of fear; why nice lady mannerisms can be deadly. (And can we say, FORK SOMEONE UP?)

Do It With Your Hips!

Self Defense For Women Magazine
Love - don't loathe - those almighty hips! More than womanly curves or shelter for the unborn, a woman's hips are her HUB of power. Find out how your hips could save your life!

Fight Back Against Rape - With Fear!

BLACK BELT MAGAZINE
The decision and will to fight back takes place on the inside. This article traces the internal emotional experience and dual nature of fear. Learn how fear can ignite a ferocious counterattack, and gain seven essential strategies to prevent rape and escape intact.

Padded Assailant Training: Are You Helping or Hurting Your Students?

BLACK BELT MAGAZINE
Armored assailant training is becoming the wave of the future. Its benefits are vast, but all programs are NOT created equal. This behind-the-scenes article outlines four essential components for an effective scenario-based training.

Fierce Love: The Heart of the Female Warrior

Published in Warriors: On Living with Courage, Discipline and Honor; Paladin Press
This essay, which provides a glimpse into where my fire comes from, articulates a female warrior paradigm including the role of the emotional body in self defense— how something of the savage exists within all of us; how women have always been fighters and “deadly dames”. A roast to insidious myths (women are a passive lot; confidence comes in a roll-on) and a rousing “here here” toast to women's own warrior spirit and powers within.

Pepper Spray's Strength Nothing to Sneeze At!

Atlanta 30306
Burn Baby Burn. Get the low down on this popular chemical deterrent that's red hot and makes you swoon. But don't be fooled into thinking it's a magic bullet; the bad guys won't just plop at your feet.

Working with Assault Survivors

Martial Arts Professional
Most likely some of the women who have come to you for martial arts training have been sexually assaulted. Usually you won't know who they are unless they tell you. Occasionally, self-defense training awakens flashbacks. Learn to see the warning signs and to help the student past the fear.

Close Encounters Of The Wrong Kind

Self Defense For Women Magazine
When you're trapped or pinned against a wall, pummeling "he-man's" chest won't help - an explosive counterattack will! Learn how to make opening moves count and escape a predator's clutches.

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