50 Things Every Woman (or man, for that matter) Should Be Able to Do
She should be able to:
to scream and fight back if attacked. Being
able to defend herself successfully is better, but if she can’t breathe,
she can’t put up any resistance at all.
Sometimes even mere verbal resistance is enough to deter an attacker.
Everyone should know how to defend herself.
Drive both a
stick shift and an automatic.
control and use it effectively.
the possible consequences of her actions, and make decisions based on
projected consequences rather than short-duration but instant gratification.
Sew on a
Know her own
mind, and be able to spot when she is lying to herself.
an apartment (having the skills to do so, not necessarily the funds).
Prepare a 1040
EZ tax form.
Change a tire.
Jump start a
she’s told, and see the pros and cons of several points of view on each
Get a loan and
understand the different types of interest.
someone – politely, but not immediately assuming that their opinions count
less than hers.
Read a map.
Health & Safety
Be aware of
her surroundings, and be conscious of which situations to avoid and where to
step in to de-escalate a situation.
bandage a minor injury/see blood without fainting or losing the ability to
deal with the situation appropriately.
rational during a crisis – from surprise visitors to a major natural
disaster. Standing still and screaming her head off is not likely to
help anyone, and may cause further chaos and danger.
Swim well enough to save
herself if she falls in water.
Responsibility for Oneself
Search the web
Use a word
well enough to prevent bug infestations.
Go to a movie
or the theater alone.
Responsibility to Others
Keep a child,
any age, entertained for at least 10 minutes.
Read to a
child and/or work on their homework with them.
Clean a cat
box at least twice a week.
Knowledge is Power
critically when listening to speeches and commercials and when reading
literature of any kind to determine the biases and basic assumptions made by
governor of her state and list at least one or two issues up for debate in
government which may affect her life.
Read a credit
definitions of a deduction, exemption, and tax credit.
Form her own
opinion based on verified facts (no Limbaughisms) and personal experience.
If she doesn’t have the facts, she should have an idea of how to obtain
them. Hearsay and blind hatred are not the basis for good decisions.
Speak at least
one foreign language well enough to ask for and receive instructions, order and
pay for a meal, and make arrangements for travel and accommodation.
Have the self
possession to know when you need help and when you don’t.
Do It Yourself – or know enough so
you don’t play the fool
Tie a square
plans and reservations.
Check oil and
radiator fluid levels and fill them, if necessary.
oil, air filter, hoses, fan belts, headlights, and maybe even brakes of her
Know the basic
parts and workings of her car - oil, brakes, radiator, engine, transmission,
spark plugs (or lack thereof), filter, headlights, etc.
When the mechanic tells her with horror that there’s a lot of dust
in her brakes, she should be able to stare at him solidly and inform him that friction
brakes form lots of dust as part of their routine operation.
terms RAM, ROM, CPU, hard drive, floppy drive, and memory.
Buy a house
(having the skills to do so, not necessarily the funds).
household repairs, such as minor fixes to the sink, toilet, change the
furnace air filter, etc.
Paint a room
(after filling in any nail holes).
hammers, saws, wrenches, etc. safely and appropriately.
Start and use
a lawn mower.
Put together a
“some assembly required” piece of furniture.
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