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Defensive and General Preparedness

While the chance of even a femboy being a victim of a crime in an average area is pretty low, there is a fair chance that someone will eventually be called upon to use physical force to resolve an emergency situation. Maybe it will be a mugging, or an assault motivated by hatred for your lifestyle. Maybe someone else will be in danger and you have to help. Maybe some buffoon wants to fight you or someone else at a furmeet or another low-threat event. Whatever the scenario, you will very much regret being ill-prepared if/when it happens. Of course, I also know the number of ways one can use force, and the various factors and characteristics attached to each way, are overwhelming for a newbie to sort through. I expended a tremendous amount of energy conducting research and deliberation on the matter of defense in the field, and also non-defense varieties of preparedness. As I identify as a strategist and tactician, perhaps I was even more suited to plot and plan in this area than the previous subjects.


Defense: General Overview and Core Truths

There are a variety of methods one can utilize to combat an assailant, and each of those methods have with it advantages and drawbacks, as well as various minutia which are easily not even realized but are in fact very important. If you have the wrong method for a situation, or choose your product poorly, you will be thwarted or suffer some other consequence when you utilize it (if you even get that far). I will explain the various methods of self-defense in detail. First, however, a few basic facts which are inescapable:

-In a situation where you are actually engaged in combat with someone, it will be difficult or impossible to use more than one method simultaneously. Your primary means of defense had better work, because you might not be able to switch to a secondary means of defense at all if it fails. You probably will be unable to adequately hold onto and properly utilize more than one thing at a time, at least without previous training. Switching items takes time (if you remember or are able at all), and quite possibly you won't even have an option beyond bare hands if you fail to subdue them with the primary method.
-A tool of defense can very possibly be worthless if it's not usable at a second's notice, especially in an ambush situation. Thus, whenever possible, you ought to be holding such an object in the field, rather than have to reach for it in a panic (I need to take my own advice).
-The object you are holding will likely be noticeable by the average person. Thus, items which would alarm the average person or police when openly held would at best be usable in situations where you are fortunate enough to have substantial warning. Such items thus have limited potential even if extremely deadly.
-You need to be able to carry these tools in something, or affix it to something, that is on your person, for it to be a usable field item. Depending on your choice of clothes and accessories, you may have to become creative or change your configuration to accommodate that item. This applies to defense and general items alike.
-You need to be psychologically prepared to inflict the damage your object/method is capable of once you determine you must employ violence. That means, if you are using a firearm or a knife, you need to be ready to attempt to maim and kill your attacker at all costs, or it is just at best a decoration, at worst a nice weapon for your assailant to use.

Remember all of these truths when you are deciding on a defensive strategy. Next I will expound on the various means of self-defense, and why I favor or disfavor it as a weapon.


Methods of Defense

There are several of these, and it was very stressful to me to research and weight the various factors and traits of these things and fret over which things to purchase. I have not had to actually test any of my objects, theories, or doctrines yet, thankfully. Though, that also means my direct experience beyond ease of retrieval or carrying feasibility is zero. I have only been able to acquire information, and conceive and ponder possibilities. I have determined from all my envisioning and contemplation that the object type which would grant me a desirable outcome in the majority of situations would be pepper spray (though I would need three types to adequately address the widest range of scenarios), and that the method of self-defense which was most versatile and most readily employable was unarmed combat.


Firearms

My state is, for good and for bad, a gun-friendly state in a gun-friendly region. Obviously, not everyone reading this would even be able to get a permit to carry a gun with them, so possibly this wouldn't be a realistic contemplation anyway. I do suggest, if you are legally able and can afford it and nothing would make it undesirable, to retain a firearm in your car and house after proper training (yes, I know higher firearm levels at least in America tend to equate to higher crime and suicide levels, but stable, mature, and law-abiding people might as well own one if they have the right). This section fixates on carrying and situations away from one's home and car, so that is what I'll advise on.

The sheer lethality and deterring power of these weapons was also the reason why I deemed them impractical as a default weapon. Yes, if I had at distance between me and the target, my chance of setting to flight or killing him/her would be the absolute highest, and I would have the highest chance of prevailing. There are three fundamental problems with this method:

1.) Aside from those scenarios where the person just sees the gun and runs in terror before I decide to shoot, there is no moderate option for force here. Either I attempt to grievously wound the person, or I cause no harm to them and possibly die. This thing only has one setting regardless of whether I actually need to kill someone or am sure I need to resort to that. Also, I might actually shoot or kill someone else by mistake if I rely on this. All of that makes it impractical as a default primary method.
2.) Because it is so lethal, I cannot casually hold a handgun, or even openly carry it holstered. Disregarding whether that is legal for an average citizen to do here under any circumstances, that would bring so much unwanted attention and cause such alarm. If I can't hold a weapon casually, the chance of it being successfully used in a crisis falls.
3.) Even if the above didn't apply, I would need to create and implement a way of carrying this. My clothing choices and my need for many accoutrements within my bags meant I would have to fashion a special way of carrying it or forego it entirely.

Of course, I'm sure I'd also have to register it and such, and acquire at least minimal training for it. It was entirely inappropriate for my set of circumstances. It's nice to have if it is practical to take with you, but it would be a terrible general choice.


Tactical Knife

This was even worse than the firearm, as it had all of the drawbacks and liabilities of firearms and none of the benefits. Like a firearm, to use this against another person is to commit to maiming and possibly killing them, though there might be more control over its lethality at least. It's a melee weapon, so to use it I have to be very close to the assailant. This would cause some alarm to openly hold, and also I would risk lacerating myself if I did that anyway if it was not a retractable or folding variety. The thing that all the experts agreed on about tactical knives is it is imperative one undergoes knifefighting training to use it, which meant I would be expending great amounts of time, money, and energy just to competently use something I wasn't eager to rely on in the first place. If I was to be trained in combat, I thought, I might as well just go for regular martial arts, as at least that is supremely versatile and can be used if all else fails.

I think it would be generally foolhardy for one to pursue this form of defense, at least as a primary one. It carries with it too many liabilities, and it also lacks the deterring or stopping power a gun would have. It would just seem more intelligent to train in unarmed combat if you're going to go through training (and I'll further explain why shortly).


Unarmed Martial Arts

I don't advise this as a deliberate primary form of defense, but as both a reliable secondary and as an emergency primary if ambushed.  There are several reasons why I favor this and would like to receive training in this one of these days (sweating and physical exertion are just so terrifying to me!):

-You and your limbs are the objects, and can thus be used at will. If you are ambushed, botch deploying your primary, or are in some unique situation where nothing else is appropriate, even if you are naked you can utilize it.
-If somehow your primary fails to succeed and you're being charged from a few feet away, you cannot use an alternative weapon. You're already in melee range. If you don't have martial arts training, you're extremely vulnerable at that moment.
-With enough training, you will at least have a decent chance against an assailant in many or most scenarios.

I haven't the foggiest idea what martial art to suggest or how many classes to enroll in. I assume at least some offer the versatility and stopping power I value, but which ones I don't know. Keep in mind once you enroll it is a commitment of resources, and you need to follow through to not squander them.


Chemical Spray- Tear Gas a.k.a 'Mace'

It is important to be cognizant of the fact there are in fact multiple types of sprays people have access to. The most common type is pepper spray, or OC for short based on the active chemical name. There is tear gas, which these days is generally CS (a newer and less toxic form; CN came before it), which I assume is a liquid aerosol version of the rounds police fire off to disperse people. There is also spray which is a hybrid of OC and CS or CN. What all of these have in common is they are ranged weapons that are designed to quickly incapacitate someone, which is great not just for untrained femboys but also old or disabled people, and even those who are trained in martial arts (why grapple with someone when you can just put them on the ground from many feet away?). That being said, they function differently and have differing chances of success, and the brands have varying potencies and types of projection.

As the name suggests, it causes intense tearing, the fancy term being lachrymator. It also causes coughing and extreme mucus production. So, it makes a person very uncomfortable and at least partially incapacitates them, though it doesn't cause blindness like OC does. Tear gas takes up to 30 seconds to take full effect, which is an eternity if you're in a struggle. Worse yet, the psychotic and intoxicated tend to have high resistance to tear gas, and they are obviously more likely to be aggressive. I thus found it too dangerous to rely on alone, but the hybrid option very much appealed to me since I would simultaneously hit an assailant with both and thus the chance of a complete failure was very low. I went with this and the smaller MK-2. I gravitated away from it as the potency of the OC part was rather low and it is a stream-type (I will explain both concepts/terms soon), there was no other hybrid as good as that one, and cone-types with much higher OC potency were available.


Chemical Sprays- Pepper Spray/OC: Properties, Traits, and Suitability

There was just so much information I had to chase down, absorb, and base policy and acquisitions on. OC versus CS/CN scarcely begins to address the massive diversity of spray products in general (mainly OC). There is size, effective range, the effusion pattern, regular spray versus foam, foam versus gel, what was the proper standard to use to determine potency, whether I should bother with spray with a dye feature, rate of effusion, and even spray containers in gun form. Fucking Hell, all of that I had to endure just to choose an optimal spray least likely to fail me... But, hey, you're reading the work of a master of strategy and diction, so you get to be spared most of that hunting and pondering! If you wish to do more research, here is a very long thread with a great deal of useful information.

OC is a highly potent inflammatory agent to the eyes, respiratory system, and even skin. It also causes intense coughing, it causes intense burning, and it makes one involuntarily shut the eyes once it makes contact with the eyes. Furthermore, a natural reaction to being sprayed is to immediately close the eyes and either keep them closed or rub them, so it will quite possibly effectively blind a person before it even contacts the eyes directly. Furthermore, if a person is wearing glasses, the foam-type will coat them and will also effectively blind someone temporarily. Unlike tear gas, people cannot develop a physical resistance to the agent itself, though possibly to some degree someone can be conditioned to panic less and disregard symptoms, especially when the strength of the spray is low. My understanding is, if the spray is potent enough and well aimed, everyone will be effectively incapacitated, even if they are insane or intoxicated. It needs less time to take effect than tear gas, and I suspect a good spray would cripple someone within a few seconds if well aimed and timed.

I generally recommend pepper spray is used as the default primary means of defense, and more than one carried and incorporated into a multi-faceted defensive strategy. I carry three sprays: a keychain as a reserve attached to a belt loop via a carabiner and magnetic keychain in case I don't have anything else with me, a large/main one attached to my tote bag via this holster, and a foam in my satchel bag in case something happens within a train or bus or building. I saw this default configuration and strategy to be successful in the widest variety of circumstances, and I will explain why as well as what the drawbacks and risks are.

There were two reasons above all else I favored OC so highly. The first is OC works rapidly and on the vast majority of people (if not everyone), even those who are psychotically enraged or intoxicated. Thus, it will almost never fail to work, though people have varying pain thresholds and reactions to it and some will be more catastrophically affected than others. The second is, this is a ranged weapon type, so I do not need to make contact with the assailant to utilize it. This is a major reason I chose this over electrical disablement weapons, as they were just as effective or better but required me to touch the person while depressing a button, and hope I didn't stun myself or become injured in the process. Of course, these also require minimal physical exertion to activate, so anyone who is able to raise their arm and push down on the actuator with their thumb is able to attack from however many feet away. I am neither physically strong nor am I trained in combat other than those Choi Kwon Do classes my father for some reason insisted we take when I was 13 (if I even just remember the proper way to kick 23 years later I would be very gratefully pleased). I need to avoid having combat descend into melee at all costs, or I am very likely to lose or at best suffer injury. This effortless amplification of force and deployment is the same trait firearms have, with the additional advantages of being non-lethal yet extremely painful, and non-alarming if I am seen holding it, which were related other reasons I chose OC. It also is effective against aggressive animals.

There are, of course, drawbacks to this type of device. They are numerous, yet the aforementioned positives still outweigh them, and carrying three sprays on me helps me avoid or attenuate some of the drawbacks.

-As this is a spray, blowback or inadvertent self-exposure are real risks, and this is intensified by wind and wider spray patterns (stream, gel, and maybe foam are resistant to wind) and close encounters. While I suggest UDAP and Fox Labs because of how horrifically powerful they are, this same power can also incapacitate or seriously distress you quite easily (spray a few short bursts into a toilet and breathe in the bathroom for 30 seconds, and likely you be affected).
-Somewhat related to the first, unless you have a massive fogger bear spray-type container, you need to aim at least reasonably well to strike the eyes and mouth (harder to do if in a combat situation), which is harder if you are further away and it is windy. This is why I strongly encourage people to use cone sprays, as it is moderately resistant to wind and also moderately wide.
-The spray types which ordinarily would be superior options would be the equivalent of detonating a nuclear weapon on your own position if used in an enclosed environment: you, your enemy, and neutrals alike will suffer terribly. Foam will work in both environments well enough, but might lessen your weapon's overall advantageousness if used exclusively.
-The target, if they are sufficiently calm and prepared tactically, can mitigate a spray's effectiveness. Closing the eyes and mouth (or, worse yet, covering them) and not inhaling when sprayed would disrupt the mechanism of effect. As OC works both on the eyes and the throat (and also the skin), it is unlikely your weapon will be rendered useless even in the rare occasions they are prepared. But, partial or total mitigation is possible, which is a major reason you should not just depress the actuator and flail around blindly until it stops spraying.
-Speaking of which, these do require some discipline or at least relative steadiness during a time of emergency to use successfully (though fog-types reduce this need). Spray bursts and watch the target and where the stream's going. Remember these things can be depleted in as little as 3 seconds of firing, maybe 10-15 for larger ones with moderate rates of effusion. If somehow they manage to take defensive measures, you will see this, which means you should stop and then spray in short randomly timed bursts to catch them when their figurative shields are down (they probably will at least be stationary or withdrawing while they're taking evasive action).
-I will be rather political here now. Some states and countries limit or ban 'defensive weapons' (they actually do seem almost always used defensively despite their power), which criminalizes the act of having spray at all or above a set size (often or usually limited to keychain units below 1 oz if the latter). This is one aspect of modern liberalism which really pisses me the fuck off. I and other vulnerable people are supposed to be at the mercy of a mugger or rapist? No, fuck that, and fuck all these liberals who believe in disarming us! Anyway, now that that's out of my system... If you live in one of these areas, you will have to decide whether to break the law and risk being caught, or forego this. Even if keychain-sizes are allowed, that really isn't best as a main device due to its short range and discharge time, though it's far better than nothing.

Firstly, the unit of measurement that most heavily denotes potency and that is the most favored is MC%, or Major Capsaicinoids. SHU and OC% (the resin that contains the MC that is responsible for the extreme inflammation and pain; people actually ingest it normally when eating hot peppers) are inferior measurements alone for whatever reasons. I believe multiplying OC and MC would give an accurate impression of raw strength, independent of other factors. The explanations of the various measurements and the types of MCs, and how SHU and OC are combined to calculate 'nozzle heat', confuse even me and I don't feel explaining them further would be helpful. However, remember that a spray has other characteristics that determine how much heat is projected at any given time and how rapidly the target is overcome, such as rate of ejection and the non-OC/MC components' effect on rate of absorption. Those last two are difficult or impossible to determine without direct personal testing and willing victims, and really the only way to ascertain effective strength and delay is for those who have been hit with it to describe how bad they are.

A critical feature that likely virtually everyone overlooks is the spray pattern. There are five kinds, and all are critical to accuracy cross-contamination/collateral damage (which very well could include you) potential: stream, cone, fog, foam, and gel.

-Stream is a narrow and forceful pattern which increases distance and decreases the chance of blowback or contamination, at the expense of greater difficulty in hitting the target's face and lower rate of saturation of the face and eyes. This is not preferable for enclosed environments, but not as bad as cone and fog.
-Cone has a somewhat wider area of effect and requires lower proficiency to hit the target and will be inhaled more rapidly, and is what I and others suggest for those who are not trained in spray marksmanship. However, it is more susceptible to course alteration from wind, and will very easily make an area impassible (which can be good or bad), which makes them quite bad for enclosed environments.
-A fogger has an even wider area of effect than a cone, with all the aforementioned advantages and liabilities amplified, with one caveat: these tend to come in larger canisters under higher pressure, so this somewhat counteracts the force of wind at a given range relative to a cone equivalent. This would be ideal in mass assailant situations given the massive area of effect, though if you're facing the wind quite possibly all of you are going to be struck to a degree. These are difficult to incorporate into an EDC (EveryDay Carry: explained later) configuration since it's like carrying bear spray. They tend to have different handles and usage positions than the other types. Also, haha, don't use this indoors or you and everyone who walks in for possibly hours will much regret it.
-Foam type is as it sounds, sticking to the person as it rapidly melts and having a pattern between stream and cone. This is extremely preferred for civilians in enclosed environments since it isn't a highly diffused liquid, with the drawback that for exactly that reason it isn't as readily inhaled by the target. However, this type perhaps is superior when the aggressor is wearing glasses, as it coats whatever it contacts in a thick and opaque substance, forcing the person to remove the glasses to navigate if they're sufficiently coated.
-Gel is also used to deal with miscreants in enclosed environments so the entire area isn't made uninhabitable, but the field of fire is narrower and thus requiring more proficiency. It is more or less foam in a stream form. Advised only if a person is trained in spray marksmanship.

In addition to patterns and levels of MC, there are a couple of other features to keep in mind.

-A few have a dye included to make the person literally a marked person to facilitate their discovery and arrest. Some apparently have UV dye, which seems pointless as police don't ordinarily search with UV lights. I would use one with a long-lasting normal dye that is still very potent. Probably this one is the strongest one with regular dye.
-There are a couple of pistol-shaped designs which are stream-types, and there might even be one for civilian use that fire pellets. While they would offer the visual deterrence of actual firearms, it also would come with the same liabilities (alarm, police interest) unless it's normal where you live for people to openly carry firearms. You might be able to aim and fire them more easily, though.
-Another feature is the size of the canister, especially those which are not sold as keychain units. You quite possibly need to keep a spray in a holster that is attached to you or a bag, and you need to thus know what size holster to acquire if you do need one. A holster can be made to hold a spray too small, but it cannot hold one that is too large (especially too wide). If you wish to acquire a keychain unit, you need to be able to retrieve it quickly. I strongly recommend attaching it to a magnetic detachable keychain, and NOT a keychain which requires you to fiddle with it (so-called Pull Apart) to separate.


Chemical Sprays- Pepper Spray/OC: Recommendations

If you wish to invest in this form of defense, unless your area limits the size to keychain-size (up to 1 oz/29 ml), I suggest retaining three types: keychain as a reserve you always carry, a cone of 2-4 oz as a default device (if you are feasibly able to, a larger fog-type that police often use would be better), and a foam-type for indoors (I suggest this more strongly if you use public transit). Only with this triad was I able to be sufficiently equipped for all main scenarios. If you cannot carry or afford more than one, if you use public transit, I would suggest a foam-type as a general purpose one is critical. If not, then I would probably suggest a med-large cone or fog-type (and you need a holster unless you can carry it in a bag AND rapidly retrieve it) as a general purpose.

As for brands to go for, I would go with Fox Labs or UDAP. If you read and remember my explanation of intensity measurements, you will know MC is the main determinant of overall potency, multiplied by OC. Using that multiplicative standard, UDAP's "World's Hottest" line would be the second strongest, and the "5.3" line of Fox Labs would be by far the strongest. I don't know what the rate of discharge is for either, alas. Additionally, Fox uses something called TPE in at least the basic 5.3 which is in its own right an inflammatory agent and may also cause the OC to set in more rapidly. Until I learn differently, I would generally go with Fox Labs, though the president of the company is shamelessly a fundamentalist Christian and this is apparent when going to the site. UDAP was founded by a bear attack survivor, so he is very motivated to make a very strong product while the other guy probably fears Hell if he lies about his. I've heard great things about both. Oh, make sure you test them with an extremely short burst outside or in the toilet to confirm they work, and also periodically shake them when you're in the field.

You may wish to acquire more than one of each of the sprays you decide on and use one for target practice and acclimation. It would indeed be prudent to feel how difficult it is to depress the actuator, gauge whether it shoots high or low, and determine how well it does in wind. Of course, you want to make absolutely sure none of your neighbors are at risk when you're training, and preferably you wouldn't be affected by the live fire drills either. You could also get inert units like these, though the name is a bit of a misnomer since they can and will cause distress if one is exposed to it. They also cost more than the actual OC spray, incredibly.


Electroshock- Properties, Traits, and Suitability

Except for tasers, these are in effect melee weapons. They come in many forms: flashlights, batons, large and small typical stun guns, and the pistol-shaped tasers. Some have rechargeable batteries built in, some use 9-volt batteries which can be alkaline or NiMH (newer rechargeable version). This is an excellent article on the realm of electrical incapacitation. While there are not as many units of measurement with these as with OC, there is still great potential to be misled by ratings and quite often companies give very inflated Volt figures which by itself means nothing. It seems that these devices to a lesser degree share an advantage with pepper spray: most or all will be critically affected by it. However, melee stun devices require several seconds of contact to have maximal effect, while tasers take down people instantaneously. Ultimately I decided to acquire a stun gun as a general secondary weapon and a primary for close-quarters environments, but I would not decide on this now since I have a better understanding of my limitations and the subject of combat in general.

Stun devices use two units of measurement: volts, and milliamperes/milliamps. While you want a decent amount of both, the measurement to look for and that is frequently or usually omitted in product specs is the latter. Volts are akin to the 'attack' accuracy value in some RPGs , while amperes are akin to the 'damage' stat. Volts determine the device's penetrative capacity, while amperes represent the incapacitative and lethal capacity. The upper limit for stun devices is 5 milliamps/0.05 amps, because a higher level starts to make death and permanent injury possible. If you search for stun guns online, you will see many models with ostensibly extremely impressive Volt figures: tens of millions of volts many times. This means nothing more than how well it penetrates, if the volt number is accurate at all. You want one which is at or very close to 5 milliamps. These devices often have lower voltages (well under 1m, sometimes under 200k), but since that is enough generally and they have higher milliamps it is more than sufficient.

Stun devices come with unique advantages and applications. Some combine stun device with flashlight (which is a weapon category further down) so it is an illumination tool that also serves as both an electroshock and blunt-force (and even piercing or slashing in some models of electroshock or pure flashlight) defensive implement. There are stun batons or clubs, which obviously are dual-purpose weapons which the average person- especially the average femboy- would not be advised to acquire and use. Some are disguised as something else so they are a counteroffensive ambush weapon, while others are regular handheld devices which often are MEANT to be seen and heard. Yes, speaking of which, these devices also have an aural-visual (fancy word for sound/hearing) deterrent none of the other classes have (well, unless you count firearms if you fire a shot into the air). The one I have is indeed VERY loud when fired into the air, and is also rather bright. Thus, you might deter someone from advancing just by turning it on. The melee devices work through a combination of pain, startlement, and generalized nervous incapacitation, while tasers work primarily through the latter and from afar (though they also can be used as melee if the shot misses or is not effective).

There are two main drawbacks to a melee stun device. The first is they are melee. It is never preferable to be grappling with an opponent or be close enough for them to strike you. They also require you to have the button depressed the entire time you need them to be live (perhaps some models allow one to activate it just by gripping it), and I am not sure that is reliable for the average person. The second is this requires time to be effective enough to effectively incapacitate or cripple someone. It must be held against someone and discharged (preferably on the torso or neck) for several seconds generally before the nervous system is disrupted enough to render further resistance impossible. That's a long time for something to go wrong, such as you losing your grip or the person disarming you somehow, or just being injured in the scuffle before the cretin goes down. This would be a great thing to have if you can dual-wield and hold OC in the other paw, and your OC does not successfully repel him before he closes in. As a solo defensive implement, it is better than nothing, but not preferable.

There is a unique but often prohibitive drawback with tasers: they are quite expensive to own. Their guns START at $400, and accessories like the holster and new cartridges cost more than my stun gun did. They do replace people's tasers free of charge if it is left at the scene after being deployed if they provide a police report and proof of purchase. However, they send electricity in cycles, and once the electrodes impact the person and they go down, the taser can be reactivated multiple times. The police can be called in that time, and in the interim I would just casually spray OC in their face and maybe even the crotch while they're down to ensure if my taser died first they'd be in no condition to fight (no, I really wouldn't have remorse in that situation: such people are merely vermin to be collected or exterminated as far as I'm concerned). However, the upside is tasers have a laser which indicates where the round will fire. Especially in situations where they are further away, they thus are more accurate than pepper spray. However, relative to other tools, they seem rather complicated to use. Also, while tasers usually are legal to own and are not considered a firearm, they also for visual purposes count as a firearm, thus you may deter criminals but also have police ask you for ID and why you are wearing it periodically.

Both varieties have a massive limitation: they cannot be used on more than one assailant. You might be able to shoot one with a taser and stun the other with the electrodes on the gun, but otherwise they all are one-person weapons. Especially since the melee incarnations require time to take full effect, you are probably fucked if you have two or more assailants to contend with. There are other limitations. They will have limited or no effect if there is much clothing between the electrodes and body, which would be especially problematic in northern regions in winter time given how much insulation people need. Stun devices do not effectively blind people like OC does, and I also get the impression electroshock can be resisted to a greater degree by certain people than OC. You also will often need to remember to periodically charge and return these (except for tasers it seems), both of which are quite easy for the average person to forget to do for months.


Electroshock- Recommendations

Your situation may warrant a different choice. However, for the average person and femboy, if you're going to use one at all, I would suggest a high-amperage device such as this one I acquired and linked earlier. Vipertek products seem highly rated and at least appear to me to be potent, but most people who rate things are clueless buffoons (even more so when rating stun guns) and their voltage claims are rather outlandish, so I cannot say for sure. This one is rather large, but has a strap and as well as a special defensive feature to preclude someone from grabbing onto it. If you have a large carrying capacity, or just REALLY want something that is both highly intimidating and will serve as a long-range melee electroshock weapon, batons would be an option (maybe it would be a cool thing to show off at a furmeet, too). Batons would also be effective on aggressive animals. Omega makes them and they make stun guns as well. They seem very forthcoming about their products, but they apparently were fine with having their products tested on animals and that is bad, and they also have a very limited selection after all these years. If you work night-time security or traverse very dark areas to or from home, you could also go for a stun flashlight (preferably one with high lumens), though I cannot find one that can both shine and shock simultaneously.

In ideal circumstances, I would say an optimal setup would be wielding two items simultaneously: a taser and pepper spray. It would probably take some deliberate training to be able to effectively hold and use two things simultaneously, and also tasers are extremely expensive. However, if you have the carrying capacity, money, and motivation to pursue that path, that would be my recommendation. A fogger would likely be an ideal spray device if you could manage it due to its very high rate of discharge and the effects that has. You could deal with one or multiple assailants at range with the OC, and then tase someone if it proves insufficient. You could replace the taser with a firearm to grant you more stopping power and to have a multiple targeting capability for your secondary, but that also would mean whoever is shot might never arise again, and firearms are far more difficult to acquire and legally carry.

If carrying capacity is limited or you are unable/unwilling to dual-wield, I don't see a reason to buy a stun gun. I still carry mine on my Lemonbrat satchel bag, attached to the metal ring near the bag via a carabiner and holster, but I seriously doubt it would see action if I do have to use force in the foreseeable future. I would find it difficult enough to properly use my OC with both paws, and I suspect most are the same way. These are just too limited in general strength and versatility relative to OC, and if I must choose just one it will always be OC.


Tactical and Ordinary Flashlights

Another type of item that can be used in combat is the flashlight, particularly the ones with the 'tactical' qualifier. Those actually serve four roles: illumination, partial incapacitation through brightness and strobing, electroshock, and good old fashioned brute force and trauma. As some stun guns also served as flashlights, these two categories combined frustrated the shit out of me when I was compiling data and deliberating on choices. I don't think the overbearing liberals in any states have managed to ban large flashlights (maybe they started doing that in Europe; they tend to be even worse than New England in that regard), so, with the exception of the ones which can shock, these should be unrestricted. I don't expect this section to be as long as the previous two, but there are numerous factors and traits to consider.

There are several units of measurement for light, the most common three being Lumen, Lux, and Candela. This best explains in depth what they are. Personally, I would ignore Lux since it by itself seems to be a meaningless value without a corresponding distance and I don't remember any flashlights giving both when I sought one. That leaves Lumens and Candela/CD. Lumens mean how much total light is given off and nothing more. Candela denotes the concentration of a beam, which translates into range (which is itself a commonly listed measurement). To greatly aid in the explanation of these two measurements, I will compare two extremes: an indoors light bulb and a laser. Let's say they both have the same Lumens rating. The light bulb projects light equally and omnidirectionally, so its Candela rating is very low and thus its range is very low. A laser has an extremely tiny beam width, so its Candela rating with be astronomically high and thus the range also astronomically high.

Why am I bothering to explain this to you? Because, if you want a flashlight that will practically melt someone's face in a confrontation rather than illuminate a very wide arc, you should be fixated on lights with very high Candela relative to Lumen. Conversely, if you are fixated on the illumination of vast spaces at any given angle you hold it, you need a light with low Candela relative to Lumens. If you can find something with adjustable focus, you would have a light that does at least a moderately good job at either (and it ought to give ratings for the two furthest settings), but how many good tactical flashlights have that feature I do not know. For purposes of self-defense in hostile encounters, you want high Candela and lights that can 'strobe'. Strobing is when a light flashes on and off very rapidly (the shorter the intervals the better). While this is extremely bad for epileptics, strobing concentrated beams causes disorientation and pain to normal people as well. A light which is extremely bright AND strobes will pose an extremely formidable barrier to an assailant, and before that moment it merely would be an ordinary illumination device. Of course, the more intense the beam is, the larger and/or costlier it generally is.

If for whatever reason photons don't repel someone, it can be used as a kinetic force weapon. Flashlights which are called tactical and are actually good (if something is very cheap and has amazing stats on Amazon, it's usually a Chinese-made thing with bullshit descriptions, such as a 2k-Lumen light for $10) are designed to survive such things as impacting the ground from substantial heights, falling into puddles in rainy weather, and bashing someone over the head in an emergency. This can be used in the same manner as maces or clubs, or wielded as a spear would be to strike the person with the face of the light. These have to some degree bezels (also called 'strike bezels' , 'crenelated bezels', 'crenulated bezels', probably a few other things) at the end. These allow one to better illuminate in certain scenarios by placing the head on a surface, and both help protect the lens and assist the wielder when breaking glass or counterattacking scum. Some have bezels that are sharp and narrow deliberately to facilitate digging into and tearing flesh in hostile encounters. It is a manner of warfare at that point least befitting of femboys, and this is clearly not an ideal defensive implement in general, but we cannot always bring or hold our favored device. If it comes down to that, my advice would be to sort of go into berserker mode and attempt to cause maximal damage to the face and neck without remorse while screaming and snarling until the aggressor flees or one of you goes down for the count. This is literally war at that point and he (or she in a few rare cases) is the enemy. If you have to make their face resemble ground beef before they run or are clearly helpless (I would even advocate not stopping at their incapacitation, if not for laws forbidding that and the risk of being arrested for murder), so be it.

Flashlights have a unique set of roles in the general subject of combat and preparedness. As I mentioned, some progressives in power want to totally disarm everyone and have passed laws to that effect, so this actually might be the best legal defensive device you can acquire (though if the bezels are sufficiently militaristic it might run afoul of a law or building policy here or there). You of course want a flashlight to illuminate dark areas both to detect people trying to mount an ambush and to avoid tripping and falling on your pretty face. A very bright flashlight offers a manner of defense and immobilization no other device can offer, and it can be aimed far more easily than can spray or a gun. Of course, this item's potential is curtailed during daylight hours, though the chance of being attacked also declines significantly during daylight. I would suggest carrying at least a non-defensive light of some kind just for safety and utility, but I advise investing in and carrying a tactical one with a high Candela rating if at all practical. Oh, yes, don't just stand in one place if you're strobing someone. They can still advance towards you if you don't move. Same for using spray.

The flashlights can be categorized roughly in three ways: miniature ones which can be attached to a loop or something similar and offer superior portability at the expense of function, larger ones with massive stats which are meant as portable searchlights and not as melee weapons but also have good 'face-melting' capability, and the intermediate ones often called tactical flashlights which are not prohibitively large and can do either job reasonably well. Generally, the last category is what you want, or the first if you really just need illumination above all else and cannot afford or carry a tactical flashlight. Nitecore, Olight, Fenix, and Surefire are highly lauded brands, the last one being extremely expensive due to it being made in the USA and being of the highest quality. I ended up acquiring a smaller searchlight-type with high Candela for its cost and size, because I deemed high power preferable to crenelation and melee. It is also rather heavy and very difficult to carry properly, and this actually deters me from carrying it now that I've had it (and it also is quite often a useless implement given the time of day of an excursion, anyway). I more recently acquired a highly portable (it's the 'Flashlight 1PCS' one) one of the first category just so I'd have illumination, since I routinely forget or disfavor the first. You'll have to look around on Amazon and decide what would be ideal in your current set of circumstances. Be forewarned there are many, MANY worthy choices, and also you will need rechargeable batteries and chargers. If you can somehow use a flashlight in one paw and spray in the other, I think that would be the best configuration at night, at least for an untrained person.

See and come towards the light, young femboy, hahaha! Sorry, I could not resist.


Conclusions

I have described in excruciating (probably much more so for me than you the reader) detail the manners of defending oneself, and I didn't even get into the miscellaneous things such as kubatons and combat pens and regular batons. You have many choices and you can even simultaneously employ two and have access to more. I also gave some rather brutal advice about what to do if the worst happens, perhaps to the point it seemed as if such events were very likely and you would die if you failed. Allow me to counterbalance that somewhat:

-Criminals are generally motivated by greed or addiction, including the violent ones. Therefore, failing to mount a defense at all more often than not would not be injurious or lethal, and mounting one would be quite likely to send them to flight even if you wouldn't have won if it continued to the end. The violent bigots (there tend to be very few of them, but watch out when they're drunk!), rapists (who might mistake you for a girl and strike because of that), and the more deranged robbers are the ones you would need to win against at all costs. Discerning the last one from the ordinary mugger is difficult to do before you're actually hurt or killed, of course.
-Except for the bigots and the depraved lunatics, merely being aware of them and outwardly appearing vigilant and prepared is enough to win by dissuading them from striking. Human predators behave fundamentally the same way as animal ones. The latter prefer the weak, injured, and unaware prey over the healthy and potentially dangerous ones. Criminals are no different.
-Always look around you periodically and be holding something, preferably a big something. Criminals will often note that and wait for a better target, and if not, you at least knew they were there and will have the opportunity to use your implements. Very often or usually, the victims of violent crime you hear about who decisively lost failed to do this and were ambushed.
-In the rare event someone does start insulting you, it would be rational to refrain from shouting derogatory exclamations at them, even if they do deserve to be sprayed or punched in the face for their insolence. If they become violent, you might become injured or lose completely, and even if you decisively win with laughable ease, you have to deal with police reports and prosecutors and such. It's usually not worth the effort and risk.
-With all the above in mind, FFS, don't live in terror at the prospect of leaving the house or being obviously a femboy and/or LGBT, even in a conservative area. Very few people who identify as social conservatives care enough about a stranger living a "sinful" lifestyle to even comment to you about it, much less become aggressive. The more primitive sorts also generally elect not to act on their hatred, if for no other reason than fear of losing and the legal system.
-To build upon the above... Very violent crimes are unusual and most violent crimes are not committed with a firearm (and many of those that are have criminals as victims). Hate crimes are highly unusual and most often do not result in injury or great violence (though they are more often more severe types of crime relative to non-hate crimes, and are usually classified as violent), usually have only one offender, close to half are committed by an acquaintance, rarely are committed with a weapon at all, often are committed while intoxicated (I imagine many of those were at bars), and are seldom committed due to sexual orientation. I relied on these:
http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/hcrvp.pdf
http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/hcv0412st.pdf
http://www.nij.gov/topics/crime/gun-violence/pages/wel...  
http://www.avp.org/storage/documents/Reports/2014_HV_R...
-The level of violence towards transgender people in general is indeed higher than the other minorities, more so trans women (and femboys would for those purposes count as such), and even more so Black trans women. However, hate crimes in general, and crimes in general, are still infrequent. I am in super-femboy mode visually all the time, and I have not been attacked or refused services. The number of murders of transgender people the media and LGBT organizations keep proclaiming as dire, for the entire USA, is ~20. It's NOT open season on trans people and femboys! Transgender discrimination from even police and government is indeed at alarming levels, but I will cover that in the last chapter.

Really, after having invested some time and energy deciding on a comprehensive defensive strategy and becoming at least minimally accustomed to the tools, just live as you wish expecting nothing will happen while knowing something might. Get a good OC spray, maybe a tactical flashlight or stun baton, enroll in martial arts classes if you are able, and be appropriately vigilant, and likely nothing will happen in the first place.


General Preparedness and Utility

This should be brief as I've explained various facets of this in previous chapters (especially the end of Clothing and Accessories) and your needs and preferences will dictate what you acquire and how you carry them. While a femboy needs to be prepared for trouble, they also need to prepare for various other needs. And, they of course should carry such accoutrements and devices in style! The set of things you carry with you routinely every day is often referred to as "EveryDay Carry", or EDC for short. My EDC is extremely large, and yours will probably be much lower. What is important is yours will meet all routine and many non-routine needs while also projecting a look and theme you prefer.

There is a doctrine I adhere to when I am planning configurations. I guess it could be called the Dual Purpose Doctrine: all items- especially bags- must serve to both serve a practical role and beautify in the process. For each general object and type, if I can find something that is visually appealing and congruent with my general themes/imperatives of adorable and furry and colorful, and that is both affordable and sufficiently functional, I am to acquire it. Obviously, the things that are concealed (cosmetics devices, carabiners, etc) usually have a lower priority, and the very visible things like bags are given very high priority. Function is the main concern, obviously. I'm such a colorful, adorable, and prepared femboy, hehehe! To achieve this takes a great deal of forethought and deliberation, but if you're bothering to read all this you're both inclined to and capable of achieving that.

The number, style, and designs of the bags/purses you'll have to work out for yourself, as needs and aesthetical preferences vary wildly. Keep in mind if you are in scenario (taking public transit, cannot leave your desk at work, etc) you cannot readily retrieve things in storage (car, home, hotel room, etc), you must have with you all items necessary for you to be alright for that period of time. This ranges from medicine to cosmetics to food to water to electronics. This is why I have 3 bags with me ordinarily on different parts of my body, and a 4th on my left side during conventions. If I am only grocery shopping I can get away with 1 but usually bring 2 (neither impair my grocery-carrying capabilities). However, when I am out for longer excursions, I need three to carry or have attached to them all necessary things. I liberally incorporate retractable keychain reels of varying sizes and resistances into my field configuration. This does ultimately cause me to be carrying routinely ~5 kg of things, and maybe as much as an additional kg at conventions, but I am prepared for any ordinary need or unpleasantry in an idiosyncratically adorable manner!

Of course, the items that go on and in the bags- and other areas like belt loops and pockets- are also quite important. Reflect for a while on the various things you commonly have needed or experienced, and how often you need them. If you go for a multiple bag/purse system, I advise you to place the most commonly needed things which are small within your purse or whatever is at your side, and then less commonly used and/or large items in the less easily accessible bags. If you only need one, or both are equally accessible, it doesn't all that much matter where they go. For very small things, however, you will want them stored in smaller pouches such as these within the purse or bag.

If you are like me and are at all prone to overheating, you will want a fan. This one is great for field purposes and even glows! However, it and other stuff will need rechargable batteries and a way to charge them (you can charge the ones in the necklace fan directly with this; would reduce wear on the fan and give convenience). We already mentioned cosmetics. You need access to water, so you should likely have a bottle with you. Mine is in a rainbow bead holder leashed to a retractable reel on/in my tote bag. I advise people to have medications they will or may need, including OTC anti-inflammatories and anti-diarrheals. There are small pillboxes which can be mounted to a carabiner or keychain. You will want food, of course. I rely on granola bars to fill and sometimes for protein (and they also double as dessert!), and fit them in pencil bags from Lemonbrat which are stuffed in my plush backpack. I sometimes stuff a box in my tote bag if I'll be in the field for a long while. Tortillas are cheap and filling and easily placed, if money is a concern. Electronics have to be transported as well, and the larger it is the more carrying space it takes and weight it adds. You also will want something to power a dying device if you forget to charge at home. Miniature umbrellas would be nice to have if we're caught in rain, preferably ones with rainbows or animals or whatever it is you favor (mine has paw-prints of each of the rainbow colors!).

There are many miscellaneous things which are difficult or impossible to conceive and acquire immediately. The list is nearly endless. Maybe you have a favorite plushie you wish to bring both for aesthetics and for emotional support? They fit in tote bags such as mine. You ought to have a handkerchief or a similar cloth with you for a variety of scenarios. I have a repurposed digital camera pouch attached to my satchel bag that serves as a rudimentary first aid kit (the liquid bandage is especially useful on difficult areas like knuckles). Gum is nice both to expend nervous energy and to produce saliva when my mouth is dry. If I must write something, a pen would be required. If I want a safeguard in case I forget to apply deodorant at home, a smaller field one is needed. Few realize that there is a specialized umbrella called a parasol, or that there are regular ones that block both sun and rain heavily. Maybe you would have use of a stopwatch (I use one to time myself during AA meetings, and it has run for over two years on the original battery). There are many other possibilities you and I can envision and encounter a need for.

I don't feel people generally give enough thought about needs and how they can ensure they fulfill them. They're fortunate if they can meet a fraction of them while away at all, let alone do it colorfully. The demands of life and lack of knowledge of things cause even intelligent people to curse in frustration but soon become preoccupied with something else and forget to correct it. One's emotional welfare is quite dependent upon the minimization of physical discomfort and inability to meet various needs or challenges, especially those of us with psychological disorders. Be the fruity and pretty boi who's also highly prepared and maximize your happiness!


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