Batteriesallgone · 07/07/2017 16:49
It is the right thing to do. If she's the type to get offended she may be offended by you crossing the road. But if she's had life experiences that give her good reason to be afraid, she'll be terrified if you carry on walking behind her. On balance I'd rather risk mild offence than causing fear.
Foreverhopeful22 · 07/07/2017 16:56
My husband is 6ft 7 and huge was a power lifter. He has tattoos and looks very intimidating although he is a gentleman
He always does this when out! He would hate to have someone intimidated because he was behind them. He does it to males as well
I love him for it!
Keep doing it
PlausibleSuit · 07/07/2017 17:07
I think it's one of those things you just do, rather than talk about doing. Depending on how you put it - and I wasn't there, so I don't know - it might have come across as patronising. Or she might have thought you thought she couldn't take care of herself if she needed to. Who knows, she might be a kick-boxer capable of handing your arse to you with one hand tied behind her back.
But I get the broader etiquette. I'm a guy too and I'm conscious of not walking too close behind anyone, especially at night. I live in an area where people get mugged from time to time so I'm very conscious of it.
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