Arrrgh. Once again, the autumn has come. And alongside it, the long, dark evenings. And a curfew. For me.
“Honey, are you going somewhere? It’s dark outside.”
Yeah. For a walk. So. Fucking. What?
It could be kind of amusing that since I was something like, ten years old, no one has tried to dictate whether or not I’m allowed to go outside after 9 PM, other than…it’s not.
“It’s too dangerous. Can’t you just open the window and walk indoors?”
For crying out loud…
Yes, I’m a woman. A poor, defenceless, weak woman. How could I possibly be able to defend myself? I’m thinking no amount of krav maga will get me off this “macho alpha ugh ugh protecting my woman blah blah” bullshit. I guess my boyfriend is still deeply amazed how I ever managed to stay alive my first 29 years before meeting him…
As tonight’s special, here’s Veera’s three tips for staying safe while outside – in Finland’s latitude, soon anytime after 5 PM:
- Avoid unlighted walkways and shortcuts through unpopulated areas like trails or alleys. Stay in sight of other people if possible.
- Be aware of your surroundings. Tweeting while crossing the road clad in full black may not be the best idea anyway.
- If someone does attack you, use everyday items in your possession to defend yourself. Blind them with a flashlight. Poke at the eyes with your home keyes. Hit them with your purse. And remember to call for help. Sometimes all it takes is a one good and loud scream to startle the attacker, giving you time to flee.
Yeah, it’s nice to know someone cares. But try to patronize me, on oh boy, you’re in big trouble mister… At least I didn’t have to wrestle anyone to get outside. Tonight, at least. Had a nice walk, by the way :).
Stay safe, wear a reflector, scream like you mean it, and always remember – the groins, the throat and the eyes!