How to survive public transport

Thursday August 22nd, 2013

I know… Public transport isn’t all that dangerous. But after being harassed for countless times a girl becomes more cautious. These are my public transport tips to keep you unharassed.

Do NOT make eye contact
It’s not about being rude or antisocial. It’s about not inviting creepers to sit next to you. Just try it. If new passengers are approaching you, make eye contact. They’ll be more comfortable sitting next to a stranger they feel is friendly.

Music on, world off
Try to isolate yourself from the other passengers. Nothing says “Do not disturb” like two earbuds jammed in your ears. Reading a book or typing on your laptop will do the trick as well.

Sit on a single seat
If possible, sit on the single seats. This way, no one can come sit next to you.

Body language
Whenever a new load of passengers gets on the vehicle, I change my body language. I broaden up my shoulders, move my feet nervously and I put on a frown

Listen to your gut
Instinct is a powerful thing. If you get a bad vibe from someone, your caveman brain might be trying to tell you something. You’d be surprised at how many times my brain had the situation figured out before I even sat down. So don’t feel bad. Don’t pity-sit. Just sit with the people you feel most comfortable with.

Sit near the isle
If you can’t sit on a single seat, or alone. Sit on a seat next to the isle. You’ll feel less cornered and if the situation gets out of hand you can easily walk away.

Don’t trust the suit
You might think that people in suits are trustworthy. But just think about it. If they are as successful as they portray themselves to be, why would they use public transport? Even though there might not be any real logic behind that statement. I’ve been groped too many times by men in fancy suits. They transform a regular train ride into some kind of sick power play. Don’t let the attire fool you.

I know these tips might come across as antisocial and over the top. And you shouldn’t take them too seriously. But the fact of the matter is that some of us do need them.

It’s not about being pretty or dressing provocatively. It’s about sending out a certain signal. Like a wolf can spot the weak sheep in the pact, creepers sense an easy target. If you are a creep-magnet like me, you’ll know what I’m talking about.

There’s always one weirdo on the bus/wagon. If you can’t spot one, it’s you.

1 Comment

  • 4 years ago

    Amai, das precies gebaseerd op die gore vent die mij onlangs lastig viel op de trein!

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