Should America protect its women?


Ignoring the question whether the genetics work in a way that’s fair, the physical reality is that women are smaller and less strong than men. So if a man attacks a woman, it’s an unequal contest and, in general, the man will win the contest. In other countries, this inequality is recognized and governments have acted to put proper measures in place to offer protection. For example, Brazilian, Indian, Indonesian, Japanese, Malaysian, and Taiwanese men were systematically groping women on their local train systems. The train and subway companies have therefore introduced “Women Only” carriages. If a man attempts to enter one of these carriage, he’s turned away by officials employed by the rail companies. If the man tries to insist he has a ticket and is entitled to travel on the train, he can be arrested if he refuses to join the men or leave the station. You will understand this step was only taken after all other measures failed.

The most interesting ploy in Japan was for the police to send undercover women officers into the trains to arrest the men. Apparently they were victimized, but unable to arrest the men responsible in the very crowded carriages. Now Japanese hotels are offering women-only floors, and cafes and gyms exclusively for women are growing more common.

Coming to America, there are moves in some businesses to create women-only facilities:

One of the reasons is safety. The statistics show there were 237,868 sexual assaults, i.e. a woman is assaulted every two minutes, yet 97% of men accused of rape never spend a day in jail. Now you may rightly say this has nothing to do with road safety. The fact men are dangerous to women in general does not make women victims on the road. Indeed, the statistics show women are better drivers than men and are involved in far fewer accidents. Yet there’s a problem. The statistics show that even though women are safer drivers, they are more likely to be seriously injured if involved in a crash. In part, this is a result of physical issues, e.g. older women suffer osteoporosis and have more fragile bones. But it also reflects the fact that, when men crash into them, the men are traveling at much higher speeds and therefore cause more damage to the vehicles hit, and to the driver and passengers inside.

As a result, the British are considering a proposal to establish Pink Lanes on highways. As with Japanese rail carriages, these lanes would be for women drivers only. Now it’s probably fair to dismiss this proposal as a stunt to provoke the Brits into talking about the question of safety. But when you come down to the cold facts, it’s not such a bad idea. Men are significantly more likely to speed and crash into other road users. Perhaps it really would be good if the only people men injured and killed were other men. Since in vitro fertilization is now a standard procedure, who needs men anyway?

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