There are some things girls are taught to do from an early age, either for their own protection or otherwise, that we don’t even stop to think about why. Some of them are general safety tips that can be applied to all genders, but some of them are very female-specific.
Solar plexus, Instep, Nose, Groin - Miss Congeniality teaches basic self-defence
Here are ten things ladies here at the Femmie office were told as children, that their male peers didn’t have to worry about:
1. Always let someone know where you are.
If you’re going out late, or for an extended period of time, always make sure at least one person knows where you are. Even just a quick message or a call when you get into a cab to your next destination, especially if you’re going on your own, just in case something happens to you on the way.
2. Keep someone on the phone with you when walking home.
I’ve had people tell me to keep my phone on my person at all times, in case I get jumped while walking down a quiet street at night. But it would be even better if you had someone on the phone with you, so they know exactly what’s happening at the time, and can call for help if someone does happen.
3. Watch your drinks.
Never leave your drinks unattended, Partying 101. This includes even just looking away from them briefly. Keep a hand over mouth of the cup, or a finger covering the bottle opening, so there is no room for anything to be slipped inside.
4. Keep your keys in hand, and slotted between your fingers.
This is the best makeshift self-defence tip for women who are not physically strong. The jagged edges of the keys can be used to scratch or hurt anyone who tries to grab you, giving you enough time to break away and make a run for it.
5. Cabs over public transport.
If it’s late at night, it’s better to split a taxi amongst several of your friends, rather than catching a late train or nightride bus home. You’ll get driven straight to your house, and won’t have to brave the empty streets on your own.
6. Dress appropriately.
This opens up a whole big can of worms about victim blaming, body shaming, and rape culture, but basically we’re told to “dress appropriately”. Because if we don’t, we’re “asking for it”.
7. Basic self-defence
Nose, eyes, groin, stomach. Grab, twist, and pull. How to use your attacker’s weight to your advantage. How to get out of an awkward, or uncomfortable situation.
What other things were you told or taught as girls? Let us know in the comments!