OK. It sucks that some women have to be afraid of things like riding the subway, but there are so many things in this article that are offensive and misinformed. You are not SUPPOSED to run by yourself at night or sleep on a stranger’s couch. Not women. Not men. Not anyone. This isn’t sexism. It’s stupidity. “tacit approval to talk to us” WTF? You write an article about fearing for your safety, but now you’re worried you might have to have a conversation?! Please don’t compare rape to unwanted attention at a bar. You certainly have every right not to be assaulted, but until someone comes up with a universal signal for “I’m single, please hit on me,” I don’t see how you have a right to live in a world in which no one will ever attempt to talk to you. If occasionally saying “no thanks” to some strangers is too much to ask, stay home.