I came across this story in The Guardian yesterday, and although it dates back to march I thought it sent a wonderful message about the everyday challenges we can make to sexism in our own communities. What I witnessed at Reclaim The Night on Sunday were women (and men) from all walks of life taking a moment out of their week to say I’ve had enough, enough of being ‘accidentally’ groped in a bar or on the bus, enough of being verbally abused when I don’t respond to wolf-whistles, enough of taking huge detours at night to avoid darker streets or lad pubs… everyday sexism, poo-pooed by so many, is a real problem, just take a look at The Everyday Sexism Project. By coming together for events or online forums like this we’re also saying to women out there, you’re not alone, I’m angry too, and I’ll stand beside you when you stick up to sexism- even if that means standing in front of a train. So without further ado, here’s the little article by Emine Saner:
Sometimes the most inspiring actions can happen in the most mundane places. Civil servant Robinson, 41, was on a train returning home from Cardiff in September, with her husband and their five-year-old son. Around 30 drunken Cardiff City fans were on the train and started shouting sexist abuse at a woman on the platform. When Robinson asked them to stop, they turned on her with “obscene insults”.
At the next station, Robinson pulled the red handle and stopped the train but the driver decided to continue the journey, leaving Robinson and her family “effectively trapped” with the men. When they arrived at their station, Robinson asked the driver to call the police but when he refused, she she climbed on to the tracks and refused to move. “Some of the fans got off the train and took pictures of me with mobile phones and continued to abuse me,” she told the BBC. “This is my community, this is my village. Women and families should be able to travel on the train in peace and quiet and go about their business without being bullied like that,” she said. Robinson is just one of the increasing number of women who are refusing to endure sexist abuse and harassment, as seen by the growth of the Hollaback network.