This is probably an ill-advised post, but here it goes.
When I was a young woman, I had a friend dare me to try an experiment. Prerequisite: you have to be female. Try walking down the street without stepping aside for anyone. Her point, as a female, you are expected to move out of the way for men. I actually found the experience so stressful that I have only attempted it a couple of times. The boys expect you to move. If you live in an urban environment, try it yourself.
Last week, the MBTA decided to roll out a policy that would require strollers to be folded up on the Bus and Subway. At first, I agreed with the policy. Strollers have become gigantic, and I could see how it could be a safety concern. You can see my original response on the above link.
But then I started to read the rest of the comments on various web sites. I grew suspicious. There was an awful lot of vitriol flying around. I started to wonder what was really going on.
And I thought, maybe, just maybe, this wasn’t about safety or public transportation. Maybe this was about the nerve of these women TAKING UP SPACE. And taking up space with children, damn them.
I defected. You know what, I’ve got the baby. I’ve got the Heavy Armor Maclaren Stroller. You move.
I’ve been stepping out your way for years now.
And by the way, you can’t win. The mothers’ have mobilized. You wouldn’t know because you aren’t on our listservs. But while you making your pretty fingers bleed posting comments on web sites, they have been organizing. They are writing letters, contacting elected officials, going to meetings and making a plan of attack. I would have put in a good word for you, but I decided that I hate you.
As for public transportation, me and mine avoid it at all costs. I think that works best for everyone.