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    You used anecdotal evidence before to put your point across. I personally know women who have been raped by strangers. One is too many - but I know more than that. I have personally experienced dodgy behaviour by taxi drivers on multiple occasions. If I chose to catch a female only cab, why would it matter to anyone? I just don't get it.

    I made an official complaint re the taxi driver who tried to run us off the road, had his company and license number. They were totally ridiculous, I was chasing it up for about 4 months and kept getting the run around until I finally gave up. I have no faith in taxi companies at all, why would they suddenly just turn around and change their entire culture? Maybe an all female cab will equal a bit of competition and they will have to pull up their socks. I can't see how that could be considered a bad thing.

    I get why you don't think it is a good idea, but they haven't done anything, they haven't changed anything, society has a huge way to go, in the meantime, maybe there could be this for those who feel more comfortable. It doesn't mean people have to use it, and I am sure there would be lots of people who don't care either way.
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    No! I'm sorry but it actually doesn't happen all the time at all! This is the exact stereotype I was getting at. I'm not saying it never happens but it is not all that common at all. It really isn't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Atropos View Post
    It's relevant because the idea implies that most assaults are perpetrated by male strangers- which isn't the case.

    If male taxi drivers are now becoming a problem, address the PROBLEM itself- stricter supervision, compulsory training for all drivers, easier avenues for customers to report inappropriate drivers, maybe even audio or visual monitoring if needs be and certainly stronger consequences for inappropriate behaviour. Saying "ok, we will just give them women taxi drivers" doesn't address the problem at its core.
    I don't think it implies that at all. It simply acknowledges the assaults of this nature that *do* occur.

    I think the ideas you put forward here are great, but they're also long term and won't see results overnight. So implement them by all means, but why not also implement a measure that *will* work overnight, even if it's only used in the short term?

    It might be a bandaid solution, but sometimes you need a bandaid while you're waiting to get through to the nurse.

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    As long as pink taxis don't grow into pink trains, separate sections in cinemas, pink areas at the beach for women not to be looked at by sleazy & creepy men etc. I don't like the idea of women's freedom to be restricted because of the behaviour of a few men. Let their freedom be restricted instead.

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    A better solution is better customer service training, cc cameras in taxi's, and maybe a third party like an escort for night runs (it would keep the cabbie safer to have back up as well, especially for really drunk and rowdy passengers).

    I don't see it as a safer option to put women in cabs driving (being female doesn't make them any more trustworthy) and painting their taxis' pink is essentially painting a target on them (I'm thinking of robberies etc.).

    There are a lot of unspoken assumptions that make me uncomfortable here, and as a personal opinion I don't see how true equality is possible while people are saying women need special services to be safe.

    I have walked alone at night (both in the country and in the city), I've never felt afraid to do so. I choose not to be disabled by the fact I'm female (I've also managed to take good care of myself, and keep myself safe). I've likewise never had any problems with taxi drivers (but that could just be luck). If I started feeling a bit nervous of one I'd get my phone out and be prepared to call for help, record the drive, or take the drivers picture for future I.d (It would also make a decent weapon in an assault).






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    I'm sorry but yes being sexually assaulted by a woman is far, far less likely. Nobody is saying it will be perfect but they will feel safer. If the company prides itself on women's safety and wellbeing, the chances of being harassed or assaulted by the driver are far lower than the chances in an everyday taxi where clearly women's safety and comfort isn't really a priority if women's experiences in taxis are anything to go by.

    i still remember the photo of the blood of a woman in the gutter all over the news after she was raped by a taxi driver. I haven't caught one alone since and never will. If people don't like the idea, don't use them.

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    I don't see how it's anyone's business if someone wants to start an all female taxi company. There are all female gyms - do people complain about them? It would only be discriminatory if all taxi companies became all female. I hope they become so successful that it spreads to other states.

    My biggest complaint with taxis is when the driver is a smoker & the whole car smells like an ashtray. I imagine a pink cab being clean & smelling nice. It would also be nice to see some colour (i.e. in uniforms).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Atropos View Post
    Just repeating the example I gave above to illustrate my point iykwim:

    You are a male teacher. Another male teacher at your school abused a female student in some way. Instead of dealing with this male teacher who committed this abuse, the board of education steps in and say that male teachers are no longer allowed to teach female students, instead there will be a special team of female teachers hired for female students. They don't deal with any systemic problems with the attitudes of the male teacher or any other male teachers, they just no longer allow male teachers near female students just in case they abuse someone.
    A female student can walk out of a classroom. You can't exactly walk out of a car when it's moving. Also, there are all girl schools already. They're not saying male drivers can no longer pick up female passengers, just that there will be more female drivers available for women if they would prefer it (just like you can choose to send your girl to an all girl school with female teachers)

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    Two of my girlfriends have been thinking of starting pretty much the same business in Sydney.

    When they told me what they were proposing, I thought it was a brilliant idea! There's certainly going to be a market for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Atropos View Post
    No! I'm sorry but it actually doesn't happen all the time at all! This is the exact stereotype I was getting at. I'm not saying it never happens but it is not all that common at all. It really isn't.
    I don't know where you live, but I know where I live within a 1km radius there's at least one assault a night......

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    Quote Originally Posted by wannawannabe View Post
    I don't know where you live, but I know where I live within a 1km radius there's at least one assault a night......
    By assault you mean sexual assault/rape? Reported to the police? And it keeps happening?


 

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