I think it's fine to have female taxi drivers, but I don't think it should be marketed this way. It's a step backwards in terms of women's rights
Honestly I think the concept of 'they just need to be educated' is extremely optimistic and naive. Misogynist pigs aren't going to change because they 'see the light' through a few classes. They may see the light if suddenly they are earning 40% less, and so are their colleagues who pressure them into changing their point of view.
I mostly find it disturbing that there is a need to educate any man in Australia to not sexually assault a woman. I think I'm too optomistic maybe?
Back in my day, ABC played Alice Cooper on the kids cartoons and our cartoons could talk. Being a kid sucks now.
I think it's the same as telling women not to show any cleavage or they will be sexual assault targets. Women should be able to get taxis any time of the day or night and feel safe to do so. It's the men who have inappropriate behaviour who should be punished and not women to have their freedom limited by those men's behaviour
And I think the suggestion that offering a potential safer mode of transport will lead to victim blaming is a bit alarmist. No one is saying if a woman doesn't take a 'female' taxi then gets assaulted they deserve it.
But you know what? While we wait for that paradigm shift, this **** is happening. While we should never stop pushing for that shift in attitude and that cultural change, we also have a right to protect ourselves. Yes we are more likely to be sexually assaulted by someone we know but we can choose who we have in our life ands associate with. When I choose to catch a cab because I don't want to accept a lift from a male colleague I don't know that well - then it'd be great to minimise the risk from the cab driver too, y'know?
And whilst the actual (reported) numbers might be relatively low, the fear is ever present. And that fvcking sucks. I am beyond furious that we have to live with that underlying current of fear whenever we are in a vulnerable situation like a lone taxi ride. I don't blame anyone for wishing to avoid that.
Last edited by grumpybump; 14-11-2013 at 21:12.
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