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Mon Apr 11, 2016, 11:16 AM

 

"Uber for women" - What do female DUers think about this? (Men can post too ;)

"A new Boston-area startup hopes to be a new on-demand ride service that will only offer rides to women, and children of any gender under 13."

http://arstechnica.com/business/2016/04/chariot-for-women-an-uber-like-service-for-females-set-to-launch-this-month/


I am a married man, my wife really likes this idea and hopes to use it ASAP. She said she will feel safer knowing its a female driver that will pick her up.

I had some initial skepticism. It seems if you wanted to pretend to be a taxi type driver in order to kidnap a woman then your first choice would be to use a system where you are guaranteed to pick up a woman every time. I've heard of sadistic male/female couples that get off on that kind of thing... think bonny and clyde but with a preference for kidnap/murder.


So what are your thoughts, female DUers? Would you feel safer using the service? Or the same? Or perhaps even less safe?

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Response to GummyBearz (Original post)

Mon Apr 11, 2016, 11:19 AM

1. Absent a system that prevents certain kinds of men from acting like assholes....

then I'd say that this seems like a valuable service.

However, I predict that crybaby MRA types will derisively refer to this women-only service as "Boober."

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Response to Orrex (Reply #1)

Mon Apr 11, 2016, 11:22 AM

2. Eh

 

It does bring up some technical questions about sexual discrimination in the work place. I don't know the laws and I really don't care since there are lots of other taxi type apps to use. "Boober" though .... my 14 year old self laughed at that one

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Response to GummyBearz (Original post)

Mon Apr 11, 2016, 11:46 AM

3. Seems similar to Japan's women-only train cars.

 

Now, how about we get about fixing what is making this necessary to begin with?

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Response to GummyBearz (Original post)

Mon Apr 11, 2016, 11:52 AM

4. Is it legal for businesses to discriminate against customers based upon their gender?

Also, what would the situation be for a transgender customer who wanted to ride with this service?

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Response to Nye Bevan (Reply #4)

Mon Apr 11, 2016, 11:56 AM

7. Good questions

 

In California I know businesses do have the right to refuse service to any customer (though they better have a good reason to avoid lawsuits). It seems the reason here is strait forward, but maybe a male will order a ride and try to file a lawsuit when he is refused service.

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Response to Nye Bevan (Reply #4)

Mon Apr 11, 2016, 12:19 PM

8. If it's a for-woman-only service, then a trans woman would be able to use it, obviously.

In fact, it's just as obvious as every time you ask some variation of that question.


As for your concerns about "discrimination," I invite you to make an appointment with your local gynecologist and then tell us how it went. And then you should probably pound on the door of the nearest women's shelter and demand that they take you in.

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Response to Orrex (Reply #8)

Mon Apr 11, 2016, 12:42 PM

11. bad analogy

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Response to Orrex (Reply #8)

Mon Apr 11, 2016, 12:45 PM

14. "More men can visit ob-gyns for conditions like pelvic pain and low testosterone"

A U.S. professional group that certifies obstetricians and gynecologists has loosened a decades-old restriction on its board-certified members treating male patients, after mounting pressure from doctors and researchers.

The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) had previously said members could not treat male patients except in specific circumstances, such as circumcising babies, treating transgendered patients, and helping couples overcome infertility.

However, opposition had mounted from gynecologists and others who said the policy interfered with medical research and prevented them treating male patients with chronic pelvic pain.

Some obstetricians and gynecologists had also been treating men for cancer, problems such as low testosterone, and cosmetic procedures including liposuction.

http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/gynecologists-treat-men-u-s-board-rules-article-1.1597928

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Response to Nye Bevan (Reply #14)

Mon Apr 11, 2016, 12:53 PM

17. Are all gynecologists required to treat males?

And what kind of welcome did you receive at the Women's Shelter?

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Response to GummyBearz (Original post)

Mon Apr 11, 2016, 11:54 AM

5. Meh.....

I think it is sexist to believe women cannot be just as dangerous as a man. If a male or female driver has a gun, I would be equally terrified of both. That being said, I am a rape survivor so I understand there may be expanded dangers with men but couldn't a male taxi cab driver be just as dangerous? I have never had trouble with any of them.

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Response to usedtobedemgurl (Reply #5)

Mon Apr 11, 2016, 12:49 PM

15. Of course - most people are peaceful - men and women. The thing is, of the few

 

people who are violent... the majority of them are men. And I hate to say it, but a majority of that tiny minority tend to be violent with people they knew rather than strangers.

Otherwise things like male taxi drivers, male delivery drivers, male home inspectors/repairmen, etc would all be a grave danger to people (especially women).

It's sexist to say a woman cannot be as dangerous as a man. It isn't sexist to say the majority of violent crime is committed by men.

As for whether the service is ok or not, I don't hold strong feelings one way or the other.

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Response to GummyBearz (Original post)

Mon Apr 11, 2016, 11:55 AM

6. As I woman, I like the idea. If I needed to

use such a service and that was an option I'd choose it.

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Response to GummyBearz (Original post)

Mon Apr 11, 2016, 12:23 PM

9. I don't know about this...

I do know there are some trains, in Japan that have women only cars. The women feel safer traveling together but that's there, and with multiple passengers. This.. maybe. I really don't think anything could be said, until its put into practice a few months.

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Response to GummyBearz (Original post)

Mon Apr 11, 2016, 12:40 PM

10. I drive for Uber and Lyft, I've heard from female clients who say they get hit on all the time

especially from Uber drivers...I know that Lyft took almost a month to complete my background check yet Uber approved me in a couple of days, not sure if Lyft is more thorough but I've heard from the female clients they prefer Lyft drivers over Uber.

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Response to Demonaut (Reply #10)

Mon Apr 11, 2016, 12:42 PM

12. That is interesting

 

Thanks for that insight. Are lyft and uber prices the same? We have only used uber so far

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Response to GummyBearz (Reply #12)

Mon Apr 11, 2016, 12:43 PM

13. they are about the same, lyft is more user friendly for driver and rider

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Response to GummyBearz (Original post)

Mon Apr 11, 2016, 12:51 PM

16. Maybe a better option would be allowing people to choose the gender or their driver or state

 

"I do not care the gender of my driver"

Picky people would of course need to wait longer or perhaps not able to get a ride at all.

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