Men, you’re in luck: It looks like feminism has officially “hit the road.” AP reports that the little town of Puebla, Mexico, of all places, has enlisted a fleet of 35 hot pink, girls-only taxis for ladies that are fed up with “leering male drivers.” The fem-tastic taxies come equipped with a beauty kit, a GPS system (cause everyone knows women can’t navigate to save their lives), and an alarm button…. in case of a surprise man-attack, I suppose.
Some feminists are up in arms because these pink taxis do nothing to actually curb sexual harrassment among male taxi drivers– they only offer women an alternative. Perhaps we need to deal with the problem of inappropriate cab-drivers first, instead of simply gender stereotyping… wait… did you say these pink taxies come with a beauty kit? Awesome! I wonder if it has eyelash curlers and everything, or just the basics? Do the female cab drivers gossip with their passengers about men? Cause if not, it’s not much of a “female-oriented taxi” is it? I digress.
According to the internet, these lady cabs are not unique to Mexico. I’m reading about pink taxis in Beirut, Moscow, Dubai… what about America? The male cabbies here can be as creepy as anywhere else. I once had to leap out of a cab at a gas station at 2 am and make a run for it after the driver reached back and put his hand on my knee while suggesting that I sit up front with him. Oh Hell no.
I think I’m going to start a pink taxi branch in D.C. We’ll call them the Maxi-Taxis, or the Gab-Cabs. In addition to a beauty kit and an alarm button, they’ll have tampon dispensers, emergency cell-phone chargers and litters of puppies crawling around the back. The drivers will make a fortune because the ladies will never get out!
Why hasn’t anyone thought of this yet?!