Does A Large Body Size Really Offer Extra Protection
Once again it’s The Gentlemen’s Curb a lifestyle blog where fashion meets fitness in a BIG way. We focus on a lot of issues that men of size deal with. As a larger guy, you’ll know that other people tend to see you as invincible. Celebrity bodyguards, for example, are almost always big, broad, powerful-looking guys; if you resemble this kind of physique, you’ll find that most people expect you to be Tough with a capital T. Couple this with the gross (but sadly frequently thought) idea that black people just don’t feel pain like white people do, and you’ll find the public perception of you is that you’re pretty much indestructible.
It’s not true though, is it? (In many cases it’s absolutely true, but here are some things to look out for.)
Physical size isn’t enough to make someone feel safe, and that feeling is backed up with the statistics. Men are more likely to be assaulted or robbed than women; black people are more likely to experience violent crime than whites. So you’re stuck in a world that sees you as invincible, but actually is more likely to victimize you. Essentially, you can’t win.
So what can you do about it?
#1 – Protect yourself, especially when traveling
We all know that when we travel, we’re more likely to fall victim to issues such as mugging or pickpocketing. However, when we travel, we’re also more likely to be relaxed, and not quite as on our guard as we should be.
As a result of this, it’s always wise to make sure that you cover the need to protect yourself, and your belongings when you’re out of the country. Debate with yourself on the areas that are safe to visit in your vacation country, as well investing in a way to store valuables on your person without them being a target for thieves. On this note, many travelers find themselves debating whether to buy Neck Wallet or Money Belt products; both can be useful, and both offer higher levels of protection of your valuables than just carrying items in your pockets.
The above also applies to everyday life; taking steps to protect yourself and your valuables is never a bad idea.
#2 – Project confidence
The vast majority of muggers and thieves will target people that they perceive to be — for want of a better word — “weak”. While your size may disqualify you from this category for some muggers, don’t rely on it. “Weakness” is also projected in people who look shy, nervous, and unsure; so learn to walk tall with your head held high, calmly observing the world around you– odd as it may sound, this genuinely will help protect your own safety.
#3 – Don’t be afraid to ask for help
If you’re feeling vulnerable, nervous, or like you’re under threat, then talk to someone about it. Sure, you might be confronted with an ignoramus who wonders why “a big guy like you feels worried” (we’ve all heard it), but your size and gender do not exclude you from concerns about your own well-being. Never, ever be afraid to ask for assistance if you need it, or just give yourself a few minutes to calm down and center yourself if you’re feeling overwhelmed. You’re a big guy, not an emotionless drone.
Hopefully, you have found the information above useful and can you use the ideas to help maintain your safety at all times. Regardless of size, some people may see you as a target. If you have a topic that you want us to cover or something that you want us to review feel free to email us firstname.lastname@example.org. Feel free to text us (347) 329-5986. Until next time, it’s The Gentlemen’s Curb a lifestyle blog where fashion meets fitness in a BIG way.