The Canadian government wants to make sure their native ladies aren't going to get harassed while abroad, so they've come out with some controversial advice in a guide called Her Own Way: A Women's Safe Travel Guide, which outlines female-specific tips for traveling. You know, because the fairer sex faces "greater obstacles" when traveling alone. One of the highlights: Advice for women to keep a couple of secret weapons on hand whenever they're jet-set.
The guide advises, "Wear a (fake) wedding ring. Also carry a photo of your husband (or an imaginary one), which you can show to persistent suitors. Being seen as married will lower your profile and stave off uninvited advances."
Oh dear, here we go ... We have no choice but to "prove" that we've got a guy around in order to protect ourselves, huh? How paternalistic! Hrrmph!
But, on a second thought, it's actually not terrible advice. I don't know about you, but I've been in nightclubs, subways, even on the street in the city and thought leering, bizarre, or cat-calling creeps wouldn't even look my way if only I had my boyfriend by my side. But in the case that he's not there, a wedding ring or photograph couldn't hurt to dissuade weirdos. Although, if you're dealing with unwanted advances from some aggressive stranger, are you really going to whip out a picture of your S.O.? And say what? "My boyfriend's coming back, and you're gonna be in trouble. Hey la hey la, my boyfriend's back!"
So who knows about the photo! It sounds like the fake ring really is the way to go. Whether we like it or not, there are still plenty of places (usually stuck in a whole different time) where looking married protects and serves us strong, independent women best.
Would you ever wear a fake wedding ring or flash your wedding ring to keep a creep at bay?
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