safety

Maryland Is Looking To Outlaw The ‘Rough Rides’ Practice That Killed Freddie Gray

Hopefully this legislation will make it all the way through to ensure a fractional increase in police accountability.

Bronwyn Isaac |

Japan Finally Has Some Rules For Human Pyramids In Schools

Even at five tiers, safety still seems like a tall order here.

Lauren Vinopal |

Patches Is The Crossing Guard Dog Who Helps Kids Safely Cross the Street

A 5-year-old black “Malti-Poo” (Maltese/Cockapoo mix) named Patches, wears a crossing guard vest and stop sign to help kids safely cross the street in the town of Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania…

Katrin Higher |

On Defining Boundaries & Voicing Discomfort

Men: when you are simply going to get food do you expect to be sexually harassed? Probably not. But as a woman, I know this can happen at any time.

Sydney Leathers |

All The Bicycle-Related Knowledge I Have, In Q&A Form

It was 70 degrees out yesterday in Chicago. Seventy, people! That means, of course, that I’ve been riding my bike for the last few weeks, because really, once you hit…

Rebecca Vipond Brink |

Wanderlust: On Failing Plans & Learning To Move On

I arrived on The Big Island on the night before New Year’s Eve. It was the cheapest day to fly and even though I would’ve preferred to spend the holidays…

Tiffanie Drayton |

Fear, Isolation, Insomnia: The Real Life Toll Of Being Stalked

Last week, we published a story by Tiffanie Drayton about encountering a strange man multiple times in her neighborhood in the span of a few days, including on her own…

Amelia McDonell-Parry |

Frisky Rant: It’s Not Offensive To Suggest That People Help Protect Themselves From Crime

The University of Wisconsin Madison Police Department posted an article this week about safety tips on campus and, of course, people are manufacturing reasons to get mad about it.

Rebecca Vipond Brink |

Drunk Dialers Beware: Now You Can Text 911 During An Emergency

I can’t decide if this is a genius or terrible idea. Cell phone providers have now made it possible for users to text message 911 during an emergency in case…

Katie Oldenburg |

PC Nation Much? “Just Move” Stamps Are On Hold Because They Display “Unsafe Behavior”

Somebody call the PC Police: the Michelle Obama-inspired “Just Move!” stamp series, which encourages kids to lead more active lifestyles, has been put on hold because it depicts children participating…

Claire Hannum |

Why You Should Think Twice Before Posting That Instagram Photo

I’ve decided to stop using Instagram. It only just occurred to me that maybe I don’t want people to see where I am and who I’m with at that exact moment. There…

Almie Rose |

Feeling Unsafe On The Street? There’s An App For That!

StreetSafe, a relatively new app for smartphones, claims that for a minimum of $12.50 a month, it will coach you with safety advice in frightening areas on your way to…

Daley Quinn |

Girl Talk: The Harm In Labeling Someone “Harmless”

I just got back from a totally blissful six-day vacation in Tulum, Mexico, a quiet beach town about two hours from Cancun. I went alone. I’ve traveled solo (i.e. not…

Amelia McDonell-Parry |

Bra Gun Holster? Hmm, I Just Don’t Know About Packing Heat Between My Boobs

A bra gun holster probably makes more sense to ardent NRA fans and gun-owners. Right? I hope so, because as much as I believe in a lady’s right to own…

Jessica Wakeman |

YWCA’s “Safety Siren” iPhone App Sends An S.O.S. Message For Help On A Sketchy Date

Ten years ago, when I was 17, I got into a car with a young guy I barely knew who was a customer at my job. We drove deep into…

Jessica Wakeman |

Beauty Danger! Eyeliner Isn’t Safe?

I’m a bit of an eyeliner junkie. Every single day, seven days a week, and sometimes more than once a day, I line the inner rims of my eyelids and…

Bianca Posterli |

Most People Think Rape Victims Are Partly To Blame, Says Survey

Here’s a statistic that shouldn’t sit right with anyone: Over 73 percent of people in a study by the Havens, a sexual assault referral center in the U.K., believe the…

Jessica Wakeman |

Mexico Provides Female-Only Taxi Service

Picture the following scenario: it’s past midnight, and you’re ready to call it a night. Your options for getting home: take public transportation and put yourself at risk in the…

Leonora Epstein |

You Are Never Safe! But At Least Sarah Haskins Makes It Funny

“If you’re a woman alone, you’re a victim waiting to happen!” Thank God someone is finally saying those BE AFRAID ALL THE TIME commercials are really super dumb—sensationalized…

Jessica Wakeman |