Earlier this week, Rhitu Chaterjee filed a story about a taxi service in New Delhi where female drivers provide rides for women.
The story has generated more than 1,200 online comments.
Many commenters pointed out that there are women-only transportation services in many cities. Tokyo has train cars for women; London has Lady Chauffers; Kuala Lumpur has a fleet of women-only taxis; Medellín has Pink Taxis; and Dubai has pink-topped “Women’s Taxis.”
I wish we had these in the U.S. I would definitely use them.
And “dance in the puddles” wrote:
It’s not just there [in India], it’s more common in a lot of countries than you may think… I’m in Australia and … I would welcome a female-only service. Despite how sad that is, it’s reality.
But many commenters also asked if this kind of service is actually a form of discrimination or segregation of men.
If 1 out of 100 cab companies refused to take non-white passengers for the purpose of providing peace of mind to whites who were afraid of how non-whites would treat them, would that be a good thing? …Switch race with gender. There is no substantial difference.
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