Tag » personal safety
About a month after moving to New York City, I was walking across the Pulaski Bridge from Brooklyn to Queens when I noticed a man following me. Or he just happened to be walking in the same direction as me, and there wasn't any other way to go, what with being on a bridge and all. But as pretty much any woman who has ever been alone at night can attest (this is one of those rare cases when I think it is perfectly fine to make gendered generalizations), the uncertainty is enough to make you reaching for your bear mace and scissors. Read More
Two months ago, I moved to New York City from a much smaller town and I can honestly tell you, I’ve been catcalled or talked to by strangers in public more in the past two months than in my entire life. When I’m walking down the street and a guy yells, “Hey mami, smile for me,” I’m grossed out, offended and, frankly, a bit terrified. Read More
  This week, I started a new job that requires me to engage with the public. Thankfully, it does not entail holding a sign for, “the best New York Comedy Show” or dressing up as Elmo in times square. Instead, I am (wo)manning the Bryant Park art cart, which is a cart parked in front of the New York Public Library full of free art supplies for the public to use. Anyone can stop by to try out an assortment of high- quality drawing/ arts and crafts supplies (mon. 12-4, tues.- fri. 12-6). Read More
An Australian woman recently developed a smartphone app that could help record and investigate violent attacks, but how useful is it in preventing them? Digital Witness aims to capture potential attackers in a Snapchat-like app that would send photos of a potential attacker and a short message along the lines of “help!” to a pre-approved list of emergency contacts.  Their website says the app “exploits the popularity and technology of smartphones to enhance personal safety and security. Read More