Women’s Rules and Inequality

 

R.P. BenDedek MuslimsRecently in the Australian press I read an article in which it was claimed that a section of the feminist movement was calling for ‘women only’ train carriages. This call was made in order to protect women from sexual assault, most particularly from drunken S.O.B.’s.

On the face of it, it sounds like a good move. Unfortunately, there is a little acknowledged and certainly not understood law of the universe called ‘The Law of Unintended Consequences.’ Basically this law says that most people are self-absorbed idiots – sociopaths if you will – and when they implement rules and regulations to deal with some immediate situation, they fail to consider the long term implications of those rules, the most significant of which is that people tend to be legalistically anal. By this I mean that far too many people view rules, regulations and laws, as ends in themselves. In effect, rules, regulations and laws are applied on a ‘one size fits all’ basis, and no consideration is given to the intent of those rules and laws when they were implemented. Let me give you a demonstration of the Law of Unintended Consequences, as it could be applied to the call for ‘women only’ train carriages.

Women need to be protected on public transport; therefore, we should give them their own carriages.

But what of children? Do we not have a duty to protect them from predators? I personally know of one teenage boy who was befriended by a man on his daily train ride to school. Eventually the man began to touch him inappropriately. When the boy reported the matter to his guardians, the matter was turned over to the police. In an age of equality and equal rights, children, like women, need a train carriage in which to feel safe and secure.

But what of gay men? Gay women are safe because they can travel in the ‘women only’ carriage. Are not gay men in danger of assault and harassment from homophobes and drunken S.O.B.’s on public transport? In an age of equality and equal rights, gay men, like women, need a train carriage in which to feel safe and secure.

But what of Muslim men? Muslim women are safe because they can travel in the ‘women only’ carriage. Are not Muslim men in danger of assault and harassment from anti-Muslims and drunken S.O.B.’s on public transport? In an age of equality and equal rights, Muslim men, like women, need a train carriage in which to feel safe and secure.

But what of ethnic males? Ethnic women of Asian, Black or Middle Eastern appearance are safe because they can travel in the ‘women only’ carriage. Are not Ethnic men in danger of assault and harassment from angry Anglo-Saxons and drunken S.O.B.’s on public transport? In an age of equality and equal rights, Ethnic men, like women, need a train carriage in which to feel safe and secure.

But what of heterosexual, non-racist, Anglo-Saxon males? Do they not have a right to be protected from loud mouthed, angry, racist, homophobic drunken S.O.B.’s on public transport? In an age of equality and equal rights, heterosexual, non-racist, Anglo-Saxon men, like women, need a train carriage in which to feel safe and secure.

And what of men who have been falsely accused of some inappropriate behavior by women? (Yes I can provide you with the various news reports of such false accusations.) In an age of equality and equal rights, men who have suffered at the hands of women, like women, need a train carriage in which to feel safe and secure.

Every point is valid. Every demand for protection and security is valid. So how do we deal with these issues? The answer is quite simple. Let me explain.

Train carriages could be designated by title or color or some other marking as designated for the transport of a particular societal group. For instance: Carriage One – Children under the age of eighteen. Carriage Two – Women only. Carriage Three – Homosexuals. Carriage Four – Muslim Men. Carriage Five – Non Muslim Ethnic Men. Carriage Six – Heterosexual Anglo-Saxon Men. Carriage Seven – Racists, Homophobes, Drunken S.O.B.’s and angry white males.

I think that if the railway authorities we were to implement this type of program, they would be creating a safe environment for each societal group which fears for its safety.

Unfortunately they would also be justifying apartheid – the segregation of disparate societal groups.

That law of unintended consequences is a tricky one isn’t it?

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