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This means that there may be something to the advice in 101 Weapons for Women, a book that suggests women ward off attackers with lipstick brushes and dental floss. As ridiculous as it sounds to stab someone with a plastic straw, whip him with a pair of gloves, or throw coins at him, it's no more far-fetched than scaring off a bear with a zucchini. Though I'd still like to see an increase in the number of women carrying cacti around in order to be prepared for the classic cactus-to-the-groin defense.
(h/t Louisa Chu for the bear link, Jerome Ludwig for the book link)