WROL Risks for Women: Are you Prepared?

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Editor’s Note: The following guest article has been generously contributed by Elizabeth. In this insightful post, Elizabeth discusses situations a woman who is living through a WROL (Without Rule of Law) scenario could be faced with.


 

Still small voice.

It doesn’t take much imagination to conjure a world without rule of law:

My youngest is being held hostage by a crazed band of self-proclaimed ‘Freedom Fighters for the Defense of God.’ Even though I’m hungry, dirty and have a screaming migraine from being dehydrated, the ironies are not lost on me. But it doesn’t matter; right here, right now, it’s been decided they don’t have enough wives so my daughter and I are on their waiting list – if we don’t comply, they will kill my boy just like they killed my oldest. They kill the grown men first.

I’m told if I behave well and live up to their expectations, that they might bring my little boy back to me. But that’s only if someone wants me as a wife. If it takes too long to be chosen, he and I will quickly become too many mouths to feed. Or, could be that they’ll make him become a child soldier next year when he turns seven and is considered old enough to be coerced into fighting for their ostensible cause. His growing brain will be both molded and stunted by that experience and, unless he finds something extraordinary within himself, it’s unlikely that he’ll ever be able to function in a society based on civil law. He would be someone forever changed into someone I did not know.

 

Far fetched? Not especially, this happens all around the world right now. Chance of escape as a group in a situation like that?

Slim.

What to do?

Survive. Suffer. Try. What other choice would there be?

If one were in some sort of war situation, running off into chaos would have to be a decision made after patiently waiting for a window of opportunity, not a flight or fight visceral thing because the chances that one would be caught and killed would be incredibly high. To me, dying for one’s ethics is an absolutely acceptable choice but only if there were a strong enough likelihood it would make a significant, tangible difference. Simply up and dying because I didn’t approve of one thing or another would be pointless. So yes, in that situation, I would behave beautifully, put my angel face on, and comply.

It would be immaterial if I liked it or not.

But here’s the thing. Here’s something I know. There is only one thing I actually own. There is only one thing that no one can take away or violate or steal.

That is the contents of my head. No one can take that and I can choose to fill it with things that help me instead of harm me. No sense agonizing over the necessary. In a situation like that, it would be crucial to behave exactly as I had to in order to live, but it would be equally important to cling to that still, small voice most of us can still remember to hear. Staying sane would have to be a top priority.

 

Captive

It doesn’t take much imagination to conjure a world without rule of law:

Somehow I’ve found myself traveling with a guy who has decided he’s in love with me. I don’t share his feelings. It started out as a simple collaboration; we bring complimentary skills in our TEOTWAWKI survival journey and work really well with one another. I don’t want to be cruel as he’s got many wonderful qualities, so I try to let him down easy. We are in a survival situation, we depend on each other. His behavior becomes erratic – swinging from being obsequious at one moment to aggressive in another. One night, he finds some alcohol and tells me, “If I can’t have you, no one can.” It’s not like I’m headed out on dates or as if I’m inundated with suitors; I stink to high heaven – I was thrilled I killed a squirrel – finding a partner is the last thing on my mind. I’ll need to resolve this quickly or I and my family will face the consequences.

Far fetched? Not really. Look up how many restraining orders are logged for your area in any given period of time. It’s probable that there will be far more than you would have thought.

What to do?

Take action. But plan it out. If one were in a group, it’s more likely it could be worked out. If one were not in a group, the response would have to be definitive, effective and permanent. A good friend of mine who is especially gifted as saying beautifully outrageous but equally germane things commented years ago in a world WITH law context, “They gotta sleep sometime – you need to be awake. Go get your baseball bat. Go for the knees.”

In a world where there were no police to be called, no backup plan and no justice, one would have to decide if the threat was real and persistent enough to take even harsher measures.

I think it’s a good idea to think now that decisions have to be situational. That there is no manual that would help anyone actually plan for every contingency. I also know that, regardless of how one defines the difference between ethics and morals, that it’s important to get to know each of our own still, small voice.

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Prepp or Die
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Unfortunately even if you are part of a very strong group, the chances of a woman keeping herself will be small. It is the nature of men without law to take what they want. Kingdoms have gone to war over a single woman… More than once… The physical drive to have a woman will never change. Only the willingness of the men who protect her to give up their lives to do so will keep her safe. I personally will not abide rape. I consider rape to be a death offence. If I were in a WROL situation, I would… Read more »
Elizabeth
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thanks, and good thoughts back ‘atcha! I know many fundamentally good men who are motivated by strong, well considered virtues – and my goal is to raise more good strong men to contribute to that – I do so love raising boys (they rock) – and so far so good. I thank my lucky stars that I live in a culture that values me as a fellow human, not as a soulless thing to be taken like property or devalued like a slave. I’m also glad to live in a culture that’s quickly learning not to tell its girls, “don’t… Read more »
LWJ
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So how do you determine if a crime were actually committed? Many a female has played the victim card to avoid the consequences of their actions as well. Killing somebody without concrete proof is a great way to start a blood fued.

Elizabeth
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No doubt! I would hope that people would use some judgement with that sort of thing.

And yes – one cannot assume that because someone is female that they’re sweet, snuggly and utterly helpless. Especially if there seems to be a default to helplessness or alluring victim-hood – that’s a game – just ask my son who dated a girl like that and learned a very hard lesson in heartbreak. My grown girl and I couldn’t say anything much other than, “shields up!” with that one.

Prepp or Die
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Simple. Two or more witnesses. Or witnessing it myself. WROL remember? The whole world will already be involved in a blood feud. Justice is not blind, and who said anything about killing openly? Justice can be delivered from 1200yds away if conditions are right. What I was talking about would not be a courtroom procedure. If I happened upon a group of men taking advantage of a woman, I will not be calling the local constable to arrest them and take them to the judge. I’ll be calling upon the Springfield Armory express elevator to hell. There will be a… Read more »
LWJ
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Would you be willing to engage in a firefight if your family were with you and you saw this event? Would you place them in the line of fire to uphold your moral code? Just remember things are not always as they seem, and going Lone Wolf could also result in a lot of blow back on you and your loved ones. What if you manage to piss off Lenny the Pimp by shooting some of his customers who were involved in some dubious acts but were sanctioned by the community? I also have a son and a nephew, what… Read more »
BobW
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As you stated, it will not matter if they raped the girl or not. You are not letting someone execute your little rapists. You’d rather be the Raper family than the father of a dead child. Ugly, but true.

Lets just hope it never comes to situations like this.

LWJ
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The point is that the parents of the town ho, do not get to decide justice based on the word of one person.

Prepp or Die
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I agree with BobW, the family would not turn over the rapists to have justice served anyway. No point to even broach the subject with the family. Just have to take care of business. As far as repercussions, unless they told you that they had raped a girl you would never know who ended their miserable existence in the first place. If they had told you that they raped a girl and you did nothing? Well chances are justice would be right around the corner for you too. As for my moral code? As I see it the consequences of… Read more »
LWJ
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Your also the reason why I will try to avoid the far religious right. Were your daughter a ho would I be doing the world a favor by removing her from the gene pool as well? I guess that’s why we will stick to our respective corners of the world. You have the ability to control quite a bit, your starting to sound like a Haji with the God wills it speech.

Standup
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I have to agree with BobW. so what if she is a ho? It’s ok to rape a ho? teach your son and nephew now so No One has To later.
God is not far right, your just a little farther to the left that’s all.

LWJ
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The point is that I would not take the word of a doe eyed female and let her parents dispense justice based on the word of said female. If I do recall a few months ago a young female had an article published by the Rolling Stone with one hell of a sob story. Turns out she was also lying through her teeth, however the damage to those young men’s lives was immense. So yes I would defend my family against a Bible thumper, as I am not into living under a community based on the Bible alone.

Prepp or Die
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Thanks for making my point Bro! If men of principle take a stand against evil men, then eventually evil men will avoid the men of principle. Avoid them or die. Either way my corner of the world will be the safer corner. Unless you are a rapist…

LWJ
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Or your going to be overrun and toast. But it matters not in the end, because the Lone Wolf does not last long. I can also see you being on the receiving end of a Vendetta ride. Now stay on your side of the line McCoy.

Mike Lashewitz
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I certainly would not want to be her and have her dreams. Shit happens. Buy a weapon and get TRAINED. Take each moment as it comes and deal with it. Running scenarios in your head makes little to no difference, Live in the NOW. One cannot prepare for all contingencies. OK so you are stocked up and ready. Then Yellowstone decides to explode. Do you have time? A place far enough away to go? What about the 5 to 50 million others who have to leave NOW as well? Do you have 20 air filters for your car? You will… Read more »
Sideliner1950
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Wow…

anonymous
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I certainly favor women arming themselves even under normal circumstances, but there are two key issues to keep in mind. 1. Biology has made women prey, and there’s nothing that can be done to change that. Women are smaller, weaker, slower, and less aggressive than men. Prey animals survive only by making themselves invisible to predators. If it comes down to a fight, the woman loses, so her primary goal should be to avoid getting into that situation. She needs to do everything possible to avoid trouble, with the intention to fight only as an absolutely last resort. 2. Being… Read more »
Elizabeth
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I have to agree – not getting into one of those situations in the first place by becoming as invisible as possible would be my first choice.

NRP
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@Elizabeth and others that have active brain cells and not making stupid comments. In a WROL or SHTF, I would believe that the current “respect” that “most” men have towards Ladies or other men would, unfortunately, break down very very quickly. I tell Ladies, and totally believe that “most” men deep inside are violent, aggressive, and deeply embedded animals. If there is no control protecting other people (men or women) of this world, then why would anyone think that men would abide by any sort of “honor/respect/morals” towards other men, all alone women whom they “may” look as just something… Read more »
Elizabeth
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Yup. I think there would be plenty of people who would lose the thin veneer of civilization. You’re right, there would be few people one could trust implicitly – male or female.

BobW
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Exactly right. This is why I don’t bother looking for survival groups. In the end, the only people you can trust are already in the house.

Train them to shoot straight.

Marie
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I’ve given this topic a lot of thought, and I keep coming back to the same conclusion. Women will need to be more sensitive to the nuances in any given situation and able to exploit them if they want to keep any semblance of control over their own lives and bodies. Even those of us in committed, loving relationships will not be immune, as in any group situation a hierarchy will develop and those in the alpha’s favor will receive benefits/freedoms the others don’t. For me, it comes down to three things: 1. Have something of value to offer other… Read more »
Pat Henry
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Great advice Marie! I will be sure to try and keep on every womans good side if I am ever in this situation. Devious….

Marie
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A devious woman who appears to be helpless has been the ruin of many a good man, Pat, and not just in SHTF or WROL. Probably best to keep on every woman’s good side regardless of the situation… 😛

Elizabeth
Guest

So true!

NRP
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Nothing more dangerous or lethal that a woman scorned.

Elizabeth
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Yeah. Women have survival techniques built in by cradle conditioning. But alternately, one can also exercise compassion. One can cauterize one’s heart when told, “I can’t handle it.”

We can reply, “I’m sorry to hear it but I CAN. (handle it) It’s o.k. Be on your way, I got it covered financially, emotionally and spiritually. All the best to you. Don’t come back.”

And then intentionally let it go and make a garden out of life. Of course it goes without saying (so I’m saying it) it only works in a world where that is possible.

EgbertThrockmorton1
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I probably warped my (now adult) daughters for life with these rules to remember: nothing good ever happens after midnight Yes, that IS all boys think about Always, always have at hand and be ready to deploy your “best friends”(that being, Mssrs. S&W, Mr. Glock, Mssrs. Kahr, Beretta, Browning, Colt, Charter Arms, Springfield and his side kick Armory, ) what ever it takes. Make sure YOUR version of events IS the only version told when attacked. I believe that females can indeed be nurturing AND Killer Mommies at the same time, and SHOULD BE. Marie has some excellent points. While… Read more »
NRP
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Like most of the topics here we seem to go to the right and left of the conversation. Here is my last two cents worth. In a WROL there are going to be a lot of different scenarios. Most have been covered already. My question is what would you do for yourself and your family? We covered all the Rape, enslavement, kill the rapist, save your own clan at all cost, and so on, Lets face it “if”, and that’s a big “IF”, a woman finds herself alone with or even without a child tagging along, what would she do?… Read more »
Marie
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Even if I lost my whole support system (supplies, husband, MAG, etc.) I would still feel confident in my ability to keep myself and my children fed, watered and sheltered. Protection would be the issue. But there really isn’t any protection in a group of men whose primary interest in adding you to their group is their physical satisfaction. As a woman in such a situation, you’re disposable. It would be a temporary solution for me, at best. Would I do it if my kids’ lives depended on it? Absolutely. And I’d make sure I was damn good at it… Read more »
NRP
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Well said Marie.

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