Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Where to Sit? At Least You Have the Option of Where to Sit.

Muslim Matters has an interesting article discussing the role of gender relations on train/subway (click for link: Where Do You Sit? An Imaginary “Real Life” Gender Interaction Scenario). For some reason my own comment did not show up, so I'll post what I had said with regards to question where to sit?

Get Real.

Don't over-analyze situations more than they need to be. I don't know where you take the train/subway but at least you have seats to sit on, and if your physically fit (i.e. not overweight, you should fit easily within the die-cast mold of the seat, without overflowing onto the other person).

The trains I take force me be to smashed up against strangers bodies for 15-20s mins (try taking the N train off Queens Borough Plaza to the Lex 6 train stop between 7:30 and 9 am or the 5 pm to 6 pm F going back to Queens).

Perhaps I should stand there on the platform and conjecture my ill fated endeavor to get to where I'm going on time with a half a dozen strangers bodies pressed up like canned sardines.

O' the fitnah!

Sorry peeps - I'm getting on that train and getting home.

as salaamu alaikum

Yea, its quite a luxury to talk about where to sit when your literally squeezed between a 250 pound construction worker and a 15 year old Catholic school girl in her miniskirt on 95 degree NYC summer afternoon with sporadic air conditioning on the train.

That's reality.


At 4:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are important issues to talk about than this.


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