Corbyn's women-only carriages idea shouldn't just be dismissed

Corbyn's women-only carriages idea shouldn't just be dismissed

Feminism must sometimes embrace concessions to protect women – while at the same time fighting to change the culture that makes us unsafe

Returning home late at night this week, I sat in a women-only carriage on the train. Not one of those that may spring into being if Jeremy Corbyn’s controversial suggestion were to become reality, but one that I and half a dozen other women silently agreed to colonise.

I chose this carriage after walking past two others that were populated solely by men and rejecting them on that basis. It wasn’t that any of the men I glimpsed through the carriage windows looked particularly threatening; I just thought I’d be safer surrounded by the sisterhood – and clearly the other women who joined the carriage felt the same way.

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Source: Guardian Transport

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