Sophie’s Angels


I can remember several years back making a rare outing into Wellington city.

It was a special occasion as it was my birthday and while, ordinarily, I avoided bars and nightclubs like the plague, a girlfriend I was with at the time had gone to some effort in purchasing tickets to see a local music group, so I gave my grumpy face a rest and made an exception.

During the evening I was acutely reminded of why I chose not to partake of the local club scene as I watched a young woman, of about my age, systematically attack every man who dared get too close to her on the dance floor.

Her preferred method of attack were roundhouse kicks to the groin and she took great delight whenever she was able to land a blow on an unsuspecting male.

Why she did this I do not know. I imagine she had her reasons, which might have been better dealt with in the privacy of a counsellor?s office as opposed to an area of the general public.

What was remarkable, though, and what I remember the most, was that she was allowed to carry on with this behaviour without being forcibly removed.

The security were not necessarily aware of this disturbance as the place was packed and no one else seemed to feel the urge to alert them to this unruly patron. If she had been a young male, though, I imagine the situation would have not only be dealt with more promptly but also?in a very different manner.

I was reminded of this story while reading an article this afternoon about a young Wellington women?s entrepreneurial project named Sophie?s Angels.

The idea has been around for about a year now and comprises an exclusively female-run and operated taxi service that ensures young women a safe and expedient way of getting home if they are feeling threatened while out clubbing.

A further extension of this project is that if a woman begins to feel threatened in any way by a patron then she can let the bar staff know and they will then, possibly, remove the alleged offending party altogether.

While I obviously support the idea of anyone being able to socialise safely in public I did wonder about the exclusivity of such a scheme and how it might be abused in the future.

I also was reminded of the rather troubled young woman all those years back who took such an exception to the presence of any men within her general vicinity and who took such drastic steps to prevent them from?any future procreation.

Will men also be delivered such a service in the future?

One only needs to take a cursory drive down Courtney Place on a Saturday night or early Sunday morning to see the general level of depravity on display which certainly does not discriminate along lines of gender.