OUTLET: THE CANBERRA TIMES
Like many women, Stephenie Rodriguez was taught to hold her car keys in between her fingers in case she got into trouble while walking in the street.
In theory, the car key would act like brass knuckles if push came to shove. But, as Ms Rodriguez points out, that plan only works if you can box like Floyd Mayweather.
"It gives us a sense of security but it doesn't actually help us in the face of peril," she says.
While it's easy to believe that "the face or peril" will never actually happen, the reality is that it does.