On another site, a lot of women were saying that they feel this fear that comes with being a woman in our culture. That men don’t know what it’s like to check the backseat of the car for rapists or to carry your keys in your hand like a weapon. And in another thread, another doper said something like, “You think a lone drunk woman is safe walking around the street?”
Speaking as a physically tiny female, I’ve never felt afraid because I’m a woman. I’ve been sexually assaulted by a stranger once, but I do feel that the fears of abduction and killings are kind of overblown. In general, the world is a fairly okay place for the most part. I try to be aware–if I’m in a place that seems oogy I’ll try to go with someone. Living in Manhattan as I do, there’s almost no neighborhood that I’ve been in where I didn’t feel totally safe, even after dark. Though let’s face it, is it ever really dark in NYC?
I don’t think I court danger or anything. I guess mainly the thing I on’t understand is the attitude. Why be afraid? Sure on occasion you see the weirdo or creep who seems off, but mostly things are okay, IMO.