If you're on the green line, you're typically fine. I've never been in a situation where I felt threatened. You get the occasional guy who tries to stand to close to you, but they're not ones to stand up to any confrontation. You tell them to get the f*ck away from you, and they'll move. But as a guy, you don't have to deal with that, most likely.Some of the stops farther out on different lines have had problems with gangs of kids. Some kids/people have been attacked. The Orange Line can be fairly sketchy, and I don't recommend going on it to the end of the line alone or at night.But the Green Line is fine, and the Red line is ok, although you definitely get more crazies on the Red line than that Green line.
Allison: I would definitely not get a gun. Something like 85% of guns are turned against people in an altercation
Hippie:A gun is never the answer.
I have some pepper spray that comes in a container that looks just like a pen...it fits conveniently in your purse and is easy to use...just make sure you don't mistake it for an actual pen. I bought mine off e-bay.
Baff213: I know it sounds kind of stupid since I'm not a girl, but I feel like the crime most likely to occur would be mugging. And to me, it seems like mugging would be almost as likely to happen to guys as girls.
You'll be fine. Just remember when the Ts stop running (it's earlier than you'd think, and could come up as an issue if the library's open 24 hours, either all the time, or during finals/reading week. The T from Park Street to Harvard Square is almost always busy or at least populated due to the number of people that either live in Cambridge or hang out in HS.
You're dead wrong, good sir. Men are actually more likely to be victims of violent crime in aggregate, and a victim of every specific violent crime (with the exception of rape). It's not stupid; it's smart to think about these things.
You actually wear plaid shirts? I don't know that anyone would mug you in a plaid shirt. Plaid usually doesn't scream "trust fund" or anything.