Are you ever scared to go out alone?

Are you ever scared to go out alone?

K101 K101
This evening while I was getting my hair cut, the other ladies in the salon were talking about how they were afraid to go out of the house by themselves. They were discussing all these things "methods" they have developed in order to be or feel a little bit safer when they're outside the house. Of course the world isn't totally safe for any of us, inside or out of the house, but it really pees me off to think about how we as females are automatically a little scared or even aware that at any time, there's such a big chance of us being attacked or called out at or something else similar that can raise alarms in our minds. Kind of like when you're out in public alone and some stranger calls out at you, or worse, stops you dead in the middle of a parking lot! It's something I think every one of us has to deal with -- not strangers in parking lots, but this little fear in the back of our heads. I didn't even realize until today how many "methods" I've thought up in my head of how to handle these very common situations such as being stolen, or having someone hold a gun to my head or try to do other things. Most of us have been through something where we were forced to do something or something very, very scary.

Anyways, so I had a lot of thoughts today, okay? I was thinking about how it's kind of sad that we have to spend quite a big chunk of our lives considering what we should do if we're ever in a really horrible situation or even having to go out of our way to avoid needing to go to the store at a certain time of night or alone. That's crap & it makes me mad.

These two ladies in the salon said they never, ever under any circumstances, leave the house at night by themselves. And I did not even realize this, but I don't either! Not that I mind, but crap! If I needed to run to the store at a very late hour, it'd be nice to know I could more than likely do so without worries. If I'm walking in a parking lot in the dark, alone, I'm always looking for someone to pop out and grab me or try to talk to me so they can rob me or something. It's happened -- someone stopping me in the middle of a dark parking lot. And hey, it's scary. Carrying a Tazer & knife is helpful, but it would be much lovelier if we didn't automatically have to know that there's such a big chance for something scary to happen.

So do things like these keep you from going out alone at night or at any particular time? Does it upset you that being a female means you're at such high risk or that strangers often feel plenty comfortable enough to stop you when you're alone and get in your personal space? Not that this doesn't happen to males too, but I'm talking from a particular point of view here. My partner never has random words yelled at him. He's never scared to leave the house at night & he doesn't feel at risk. I mean, that is not to say men aren't at risk. They are too, but like I said, I'm trying to get a female's point of view about this type of thing. Men, feel free to chime in though! I'm not excluding you guys at all. In fact, both sides are welcome to comment. But I do wonder how many other ladies feel these things and avoid certain things like driving a certain road, or where they park or whether or not their purse is on their shoulder or in their hand, etc.
04/16/2013
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GirlOnGirl GirlOnGirl
Quote:
Originally posted by K101
This evening while I was getting my hair cut, the other ladies in the salon were talking about how they were afraid to go out of the house by themselves. They were discussing all these things "methods" they have developed in order to be or ...
I go out at night as long as it's a safe neighborhood that I'm familiar with. I do try to be aware of my surroundings, I have pepper spray on my key chain and am careful. I remember a couple years ago when I first started having to take public transportation at night, I was a little worried but it turned out fine. I'm such a night person that I just can't imagine not being able to run out for something if I want to.
04/16/2013
travelnurse travelnurse
I'm really not frightened by being out alone. There have been a few times over the years when I was in unfamiliar areas though
04/16/2013
pixiedustVixen pixiedustVixen
i am scared but i dont act like it i hold my head high and constantly scan around me. you cant trust anyone these days. just make sure u use this trick if u feel like u need instant protection, and my dad taught me this, put ur biggest key inbetween ur first and middle finger pointing out so if u do have to defend yourself you can poke the guy up or whomever. it will do some damage
04/16/2013
rosythorn rosythorn
Geez, is it like mad max where you are? I take precautions, but you can't live your life in fear! BUt I agree I normally dont' go out at night by myself unless i feel completely safe in the area.
04/16/2013
Kissy Kissy
I would rather have someone one with me, sure. I also agree fear is a bad thing to be focused on. Yet again, look what this world is coming to. I know some self defense, which I learned just for this type of situation, so I am a bit confident, but also don't like taking the risk.
04/16/2013
js250 js250
Usually no--I have a concealed weapons permit for my pistol.
04/16/2013
lainebug lainebug
nope i am confident and don't mind going out alone.
04/16/2013
rae-fantasy rae-fantasy
Quote:
Originally posted by K101
This evening while I was getting my hair cut, the other ladies in the salon were talking about how they were afraid to go out of the house by themselves. They were discussing all these things "methods" they have developed in order to be or ...
NOPE
04/16/2013
Hazeleyes2012 Hazeleyes2012
Nope doesn't bother me a bit!
04/16/2013
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