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Subway - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
I'm normally an extreme egalitarian who doesn't believe that women doing jobs will do them any differently from men doing them. After all, a job is a job.

But it occurs to me that if women designed more subway cars, we wouldn't have long seats running parallel to the aisles. These are sadistic devices, obviously created by a man who never had to get home after a long day of work wearing a knee-length straight-skirt and wishing that chastity belts would come back into fashion so he wouldn't have to give himself muscle cramps keeping his knees closed so that the entire other side of the train couldn't see what color panties he had on.

That's all.
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marycontraria From: marycontraria Date: February 11th, 2005 03:41 am (UTC) (Link)
City buses, too. At least around here.
likeafox From: likeafox Date: February 11th, 2005 03:44 am (UTC) (Link)
come to think of it, seats in general should be tilted slightly downward or something... stupid men who design everything. :P
laureate05 From: laureate05 Date: February 11th, 2005 03:46 am (UTC) (Link)
If kilts were still in fashion, this wouldn't be a problem. Also, quickies would be easier.
From: darkemagick Date: February 11th, 2005 03:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Maybe guys designed buses precisely because of that purpose.
rabidsamfan From: rabidsamfan Date: February 11th, 2005 03:53 am (UTC) (Link)
As I generally wear pants this problem has not really occured to me. However I do think that the people who design subway stations should be required to take the train from that station -- particularly if it is an outdoor station -- for at least one solid year of New England Weather before they are allowed to put pencil to paper.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: February 11th, 2005 02:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
They should also be required to get around the system on crutches.
mamadeb From: mamadeb Date: February 11th, 2005 04:04 am (UTC) (Link)
The wider subway lines (NY subway tracks come in two sizes) have sort of alternate seating - three parallel to the sides, two perpendicular, with two more directly behind them in blocks of four, then three more. The buses tend to have most seats facing the front of the bus, with the handicapped seating in rows of three facing each other.

However, all my skirts are well below the knee and fairly full, so I don't have to worry about flashing the guy across from me.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: February 11th, 2005 02:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Our older trains are like that, but we just got a bunch of new cars, which have precisely four perpendicular seats each; the rest are parallel so there's more room for people to stand. (You can, after all, pack in more people standing than sitting.)
From: leeflower Date: February 11th, 2005 05:01 am (UTC) (Link)
We have a few facing-the-isle seats on the metro (here in DC), but they're the ones reserved for the mobility-impaired.

Our major issue is that this one guy on the metro planning board was obsessed with the orange and brown color scheme, and always blocked votes to change it to something less painful to the eye. He croaked a couple years back, and they started phazing in cars with burgundy or blue seats and carpets.
But as a 'monument' to him, the last two seats in every car are still orange. It's like his former colleagues are mocking the man, and we all wish they'd stop doing it where we have to sit.
lazypadawan From: lazypadawan Date: February 11th, 2005 05:10 am (UTC) (Link)
Ah, good ol' Metro.
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From: leeflower Date: February 11th, 2005 05:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
yeah well, they're too busy paying off security debts for a certain person's sixteen inaugural balls to spend money on frivolous things like the safety and comfort of their taxpayers...
katieowrites From: katieowrites Date: February 11th, 2005 01:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Amen. It's especially difficult if, like me, your legs are short and don't quite reach the floor without significant effort... if they reach, at least you can sort of use the floor to keep them where they are.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: February 11th, 2005 02:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, yeah. Short-legged solidarity. We need more short-legged designers as well.
katieowrites From: katieowrites Date: February 11th, 2005 02:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Seriously. I'm getting sick of having things like jeans and pajamas shortened.
likeafox From: likeafox Date: February 11th, 2005 09:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes! Or, worse, not getting them shortened then coming home during the winter/fall/spring (basically anytime it's wet or snowey outside) with dripping pant legs because you were walking on them all day. Oy.
katieowrites From: katieowrites Date: February 12th, 2005 12:59 am (UTC) (Link)
*groan* and the salt! oh, the salt!

If anyone was wondering why I'm always in heels.. yeah. The salt. *g*
michelle_ravel From: michelle_ravel Date: February 11th, 2005 02:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
We have those in our subways, but it's Toronto! We're all wearing coats most of the time, anyway, so who cares?
marycontraria From: marycontraria Date: February 11th, 2005 03:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ha. Giggling and pretty much agreeing in Guelph! ;)
melwil From: melwil Date: February 11th, 2005 09:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
I detest those seats. We have them in South East Queensland in some of our newer trains. On top of the leg clamping, I get travel sick when I sit sideways, so I need to twist my body to the side when I sit down.
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