Na Wu

ChinAfrica - - Pros & Cons -

I don’t think it is rea­son­able to set up ex­clu­sive car­riages for women. Any fem­i­nist with self-es­teem will refuse oth­ers to re­gard them as vul­ner­a­ble as chil­dren or se­niors, and re­quire any pref­er­en­tial treat­ment be­cause of this.

Even if I agreed women should be given such treat­ment, I don’t think one car­riage would set them free from the un­pleas­ant­ness of push­ing and squeez­ing. In any bustling me­trop­o­lis with a dense pop­u­la­tion, crowded pub­lic trans­porta­tion, es­pe­cially on sub­way lines, is a headache dur­ing rush hours. No pub­lic trans­porta­tion could ful­fill the needs of spend­ing less while gain­ing con­ve­nience and com­fort at the same time. If you want the lat­ter, you can take a taxi but pay a higher price. Whether there is women-only car­riages or not, rid­ing the sub­way would be no easy ex­pe­ri­ence dur­ing rush hours. The ex­is­tence of such a car­riage also re­duces the num­ber of car­riages avail­able for other pas­sen­gers and thus wors­ens con­ges­tion. Be­sides, one car­riage is not enough to hold all fe­male pas­sen­gers. Those who fail to ride on women ex­clu­sive ones have to fight even harder for a space in other car­riages.

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