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Women's Fear of Cockroaches
Over the past couple of years, it has come to my attention that women don't fear many things but when they do, then game on. When a woman is scared, the anxiety is up full-throttle and there is nothing anyone can do or say to calm the storm. One particular fear that has seemed to resurface lately, or at least from a variety of facebook posts and just in conversation in general, is the woman's fear of cockroaches.
Although I've always known that many women freak out to all bugs and insects including spiders, beetles, grasshoppers, and waterbugs; I've discovered that women have a deeper, irrational fear of roaches. Before now, I thought that this was strictly a stereotype, but I've come to the conclusion that most women are terrified of cockroaches or bugs related to roaches (such as palmettos).
It seems that this fear is exclusively a female trait. Granted, guys like myself, are not fond roaches and may even act hostile towards the scaly, disgusting bastards, but usually men don't fear them.
So, with this realization, I find myself trying to figure out why so many women panic to such an extent that they are literally a heart beat away from a full blown panic attack. So, let's get started.
Fear of cockroaches
In order to find a solution to the roach phobia, I'll have to dig to the root of the problem, the actual fear itself. First, I will describe a scenario (that I have witnessed on numerous occasions) of a woman's reaction to a cockroach and then proceed from there.
For starters, women scream. It's a high, schrill voice that pierces the eardrum to the point of deafness. When it's happening, I honestly think that they are either dying or a huge bengal tiger just crashed right into them.
After the ghastly scream for help, the woman rushes in the opposite direction and usually heads for high ground, like a nearby couch or table. With their eyes wide open and their body in a defensive position, women continue to scream and then point hysterically. They might even throw a pillow at the roach (which is very effective, by the way) or they want you, the man, to take care of it.
Once that ordeal is over, they run to the bedroom, wrap themselves in a blanket and are in a state of sheer terror. Then the guy asks, "Are you okay?"
Here's a list of typical female responses after a so called roach attack:
1.) "They are going to kill me."
2.) "They will eat us and take over our bodies."
3.) "Shhh...they can hear you. They are everywhere."
4.) "It flew at me and was chasing me all over the house."
5.) "It's not safe. Save yourself!"
6.) "They look like aliens. Just look at them."
7.) "I just had a full-pledged meltdown."
8.) "I almost died."
9.) "They are evil."
10.) "I'm losing it."
The list goes on, but it is usually something along those lines, in no particular order and in a variety of different aforementioned combinations.
Overcoming the fear
Like any fear, in order to overcome the fear of cockroaches, you must face it. Avoidance will only solve the problem momentarily and it will never help in the long run.
For me, there was a time when I hated roaches. I freaked out whenever I saw one and I certainly didn't want the responsibility of killing one. Then, my roommate showed me that there was another way to look at them. You see, he doesn't believe in killing things (even roaches), so whenever he wanted to get rid of them, he would catch them and then throw them outside. I know, touching right?
Over time, it made me feel guilty whenever I killed the little bastards, so one day I decided to follow suit and tried to catch a roach. Honestly, I was kind of scared at first and apprehensive about holding those disgusting vermits with that brown exoskeleton of theirs and those appendages that seem to stretch on forever and ever, and lets not forget that huge melon they have for a head. Blahhhh, it makes me sick just thinking about cockroaches, but I can honestly say that I have no fear of them. Once I was able to catch one (with either a paper towel or plastic bag), I got over the fact that they were disgusting alien-like looking insects and the fact that you can hear them crawl as they scurry across the floor. I got over all of that and I think you can too.
So, ladies, you need to man up and understand that roaches are not here to kill you. They don't have a secret agenda to invade your body and turn you into a roach zombie. And even if they are set out to kill you, you can reassure yourself that you can get to them first and there is nothing the cockroach can do about it!