THINGS GIRLS THINK WHILE WALKING ALONE AT NIGHT, THAT GUYS PROBABLY DO NOT

  1. One time I was with a group of friends. All of us were girls except for one. We were talking about which part of our campus we found the scariest to walk at night. The one guy was amazed at how much we had thought about this. He had never felt threatened walking any of these places at night.
  2. I'm not saying men never feel threatened, but I think women are told so many rape statistics and preventative measures (like walk in groups, have 911 pre dialed or have some one on the phone but don't let it distract you) that they are naturally more aware and afraid when walking at night.
  3. Tonight I had to walk down a street I was less familiar with and noticed myself thinking some of these things:
  4. Am I walking too slow?
  5. Am I walking too fast?
  6. Do I look nervous?
  7. Which side of the street is lit better
  8. Is that guy following me or just heading in the same direction?
  9. Should I go in to that store so he won't be walking with me anymore?
  10. Should I take my keys out incase I need them as a defense weapon?
  11. What if I drop them?
  12. Should I call my mom?
  13. It's not that late, right?
  14. A guy on a bike wouldn't attack me.
    I don't really know the reason I thought this but I did.
  15. There is another women walking near me I feel safer.
  16. Good thing I wore a thousand rings with lots of sharp jems on em today...
    Suggested by   @marymurphy
  17. I'll only walk with one earbud in so I can hear someone coming up behind me.
    Suggested by   @emilyannlosey
  18. Okay Mary...go to tactic...if someone comes at you...point to the ground and yell SNAKE! And then deliver a quick kick to the balls. Then run.
    Suggested by   @marymurphy
  19. Why do I feel needy calling someone because I don't feel safe right now?
    Suggested by   @emilyannlosey
  20. I REALLY need to learn Krav Maga
    Suggested by   @emilyannlosey
  21. WhydidntIbuythatpepersprayWhydidntIbuythatpepersprayWhydidntIbuythatpeperspray????....
    Suggested by   @marymurphy
  22. @marymurphy Whyisntmymaceinthispurse?!?
    Suggested by   @emilyannlosey
  23. Don't make eye contact don't make eye contact don't make eye contact
    Suggested by   @emilyannlosey
  24. I always think of an escape route. Just in case. Always thinking of what to do if something happened
    Suggested by   @LanaRodz
  25. Welp. Time to call @joemurphy and pant as I walk up this hill.
    Suggested by   @marymurphy
  26. Hold your chin up and look around a lot so you look like someone who is alert.
    Suggested by   @cordeliane
  27. wait did I tell anyone where I was??? I should text my roommate that I'm walking to my car in case something happens
    "walking to my car! If I don't text you back in 10 minutes call da cops LOL jk" but actually that's a hard deadline
    Suggested by   @calliestorie
  28. Is that just a shadow or someone hiding under my car waiting to cut my ankles ??? I read on that article a billion moms reposted on Facebook that people do that now
    Suggested by   @calliestorie
  29. Check in the back of the car always before getting in. Even still, always feel nervous when you look in the rear view mirror the first time. Goddamn horror movies and real life.
    Suggested by   @femme_feminist
  30. Don't make eye contact but also don't look scared or nervous but also don't look too confidant because what if you get called out for looking bitchy. Don't look meek but don't look sexy.
    Walking by dudes is exhausting.
    Suggested by   @femme_feminist
  31. Should I just spend the night at the library since I don't have pepper spray? I heard that we are supposed to carry pepper spray??
    Suggested by   @roostaroo
  32. I have terrible posture, but when I'm walking alone, I make sure I am all of my six foot tall self.
    I'm not sure that this would make me intimidating to a perpetrator, but my whole stance changes.
    Suggested by   @wilsonsh6
  33. Okay. If he comes at you, try and use the heel of your hand to thrust upwards and break his nose. That will make it easier to escape.
    Suggested by   @brookerandell