I would have been much more willing to follow those steps if the particular woman did not say what she said with such vehement bile and nasty intense hate in her voice. The impression I experienced was not so much her care for safety but on her desire to pour out anti male or anti 'me' hate for reasons other than what I was doing.
I don't wish to ever come across to my audience of this blog as that women did to me. So why do I speak so harshly at times? I do so to call a spade a spade, and to speak from outside our contemporary slice of history, in a way that hopefully alerts readers to issues and trends that they would otherwise not tweak to.
Without seeking to display holier than thou pretensions, I can say with quiet confidence that I speak in a mode which can be described as 'prophetic'. To understand this, you would need to make a bit of a study of how the prophets of the Old Testament spoke to power in their day. Take for example Isaiah:
The vision concerning Judah and Jerusalem that Isaiah son of Amoz saw during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.
A Rebellious Nation
For the Lord has spoken:
“I reared children and brought them up,
but they have rebelled against me.
3 The ox knows its master,
the donkey its owner’s manger,
but Israel does not know,
my people do not understand.”
a people whose guilt is great,
a brood of evildoers,
children given to corruption!
They have forsaken the Lord;
they have spurned the Holy One of Israel
and turned their backs on him.
there is no soundness—
only wounds and welts
and open sores,"
Wash and make yourselves clean.
Take your evil deeds out of my sight;
stop doing wrong.
17 Learn to do right; seek justice.
Defend the oppressed.
Take up the cause of the fatherless;
plead the case of the widow.
says the Lord.
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson,
they shall be like wool.
19 If you are willing and obedient,
you will eat the good things of the land;
20 but if you resist and rebel,
you will be devoured by the sword.”
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.