August 5, 2004 8:26 AM Subscribe
In another thread, somebody posted the following bit of advice to a 35 year old woman considering a very long car trip:
"if someone stops to help, stay in your car and from behind the closed window smile, tell them you've just called the highway patrol and that they'll be by in a minute... then thank them and wave them on
I find this a pretty shocking piece of advice, and said so: "what kind of paranoid freak lives by this advice ... That's a pretty unpleasant mental space to be living in"
And JanetLand responded: "Frankly, that's what life is like for a woman. I try not to live there, but any letters sent there will definitely reach me.
So, here's my question - is this really where most women spend their mental lives?
posted by Irontom to Society & Culture (111 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
And if so, why? Is it really that bad out there? I've read repeatedly that the violent crime rates in this country are at historic lows. Am I wrong, or is this part of the culture of fear that the media pushes?