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Something Small but Significant

Robin Alexander

Posted on October 3, 2018 18:09

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Hypothesis: Regarding an equation universally informing the daily life of females.

During the past few months something small but significant, like a nanosecond in the flow of electrons, began to pierce through to my consciousness. (I’m pretty sure this has something to do with what’s going on in the Supreme Court confirmation circus.)

The programming occurs so early and the resulting behaviors are so involuntary, I haven’t been fully aware of what I was doing.

Young girls gather anecdotal evidence as they sit under the kitchen table, comb a doll’s hair, and listen to Mom chatting with girlfriends while they sip coffee (the modern day gathering at the well). Pre-adolescents inhale more anecdotes from movies and music and people befriended. Of course, from adolescence on, empirical evidence begins to accumulate. Watching the news is like reading an international paper on the subject.

And then there’s that built-in sensation in the pit of the stomach that automatically activates itself like an alarm clock when turning down an alley, even at high noon.

In other words, there’s a calculation that I execute multiple times every day which has two important variables: space and time; turns out these two things are intimately linked. And no, I’m not talking about the theory of relativity. (Well, it is actually another theory that motivates and explains the universe).

What am I talking about? There are many moments throughout the day when I evaluate the potential for assault and compute the next best move to make.

It affects large decisions like where to live: the building must be in a good neighborhood and have excellent security, oh and it can’t be on the first floor.

It affects small decisions like where I’m willing to drive at night, how far I’m willing to go, how late I’ll stay out, and especially where I’ll park.

It affects where and at what time of day I choose to get gas (Florida gas stations tend to attract unsavory characters who do not hesitate to approach; not unlike a New York subway).

It affects whether or not I get on an elevator, based on who is already in there.

And it affects the decision to lock the apartment door even if I’m just going down the hall to dump the trash.

There are scores of other situations to which I spontaneously apply the formula on a daily basis. Then, of course, it’s always necessary to figure out the right thing to wear that won’t attract too much attention but is still ultimately attractive.

It’s just something I do, along with everything else. Theoretically speaking, I am sure I’m not the only female who continuously and robotically applies this equation.

(Results so far are good, though inconclusive).

I’m not complaining; well, not exactly. I just wonder what it would be like if certain masses didn’t cause a space-time distortion whenever I step outside.

Robin Alexander

Posted on October 3, 2018 18:09

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