We got an email yesterday about two different guys who had flashed groups of women who were walking around campus in broad daylight from campus police.
At the end of the email, it had “risk reduction techniques.”
Those techniques were to not travel anywhere alone, to not travel in dark, isolated spaces, to avail yourself of campus police when walking to and from your car, to feel free to avoid sketchy people, and to trust your instincts. I’m paraphrasing slightly, but not much.
As you can see, none of these “risk reduction techniques” would have prevented these women from being flashed.
So, they’re a superstition, no better than “don’t step on a crack or you’ll break your mother’s back.” Just some shit women are supposed to do that isn’t directly applicable to the situations we encounter trouble in that assume we have some control over who does us wrong.
I’m especially loving the idea that we’re all supposed to call for an escort to and from our cars. All of us? Just how many police officers do we have?