When I’m out and about my home village and its environs, I tend to encounter rather a lot of other people – walking their dogs, taking the air, riding horses or bicycles, that sort of thing. I always greet them with a cheery ‘hello’ or pass the time of day with the chattier types. But (generally) young women shy clear of me. They prefer not to respond – often avoiding eye contact entirely. They tend to stare at the ground; mumble something meaningless, and hurry by as quickly as possible. I am not entirely happy with this situation because I’m a jolly sort of chap who wouldn’t say boo to a goose. I am the epitome of ‘safe’. So, in an effort to understand their fears and revulsion, I took a picture of myself in my natural environment and tried to discern what it was that scared people. Here is the result. Tell me – does this look intimidating or dangerous?
I certainly don’t feel dangerous.