This Simple Act Can Make A Woman Feel A Hell Of A Lot Safer
Getting in a lift can be seriously awkward and intimidating, but one woman has offered up some advice to ensure both men and women feel okay about the trip.
It's simple, yet effective, and something many men haven't thought about: when you get into a lift with a strange woman, try to press the button first and if you get off on the same floor, exit the elevator first.
Mina Kimes, a write for ESPN's The Magazine, tweeted the advice on Sunday and it's since gone viral, clocking 39,400 likes, more than 7000 retweets and tonnes of comments.
Many men have admitted that the actions never occurred to them.
I admit I actually never thought about that. I would say 9 times out of 10 when I’m in a hotel elevator I’m not really paying attention to my surroundings. I’ll try to do better!— Eric Mills (@cartoon_physics) April 7, 2019
I never, ever would've thought of this until you pointed it out just now and makes sense— Parkey's Participation Trophy (@SowaTheArrogant) April 7, 2019
The advice had a snowball effect, with many men sharing the small things they do that make a big difference to women -- especially strangers -- on a day to day basis.
One man admitted to crossing a street when they see a solo female walking toward them in the dark, another to sitting in front of a woman when she's on a train or bus by herself, while others pretend they have something to do, like checking the mail or their phone, to allow a female to pass without issue.
While these behaviours may seem small to many, they make a big difference to those on the receiving end.
A study released in March revealed that one in two Australian women -- 46.6 per cent to be exact -- aged between 15 and 19-years-old don't feel safe walking alone at night.
For men, 18.1 per cent feel "unsafe" or "very unsafe" when walking solo after dark, according to the Mission Australia Gender Gaps 2018 Youth Survey.
That gap is wider than in any other the 58 countries included in the OECD's Better Life Index, which includes countries with higher homicide rates, such as Mexico, Brazil and Russia.