Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn has said he would consider women-only rail carriages to help stem a rise in assaults on public transport. Mr Corbyn told the Independent he would consult women on the suggestion. But the idea was attacked as outdated and unhelpful by his Labour leadership rivals Yvette Cooper and Andy Burnham. And other critics, including Conservative women's minister Nicky Morgan, said it smacked of "segregation". It comes after British Transport Police (BTP) figures suggested sex offences on trains and at stations had risen by 25% to record levels. Full story >>
The cartoon by Morten Morland from The Times shows a 'women only' railway carriage which has become uncoupled from the rest of the rest of the train. A voice from inside the carriage says, "We appear to be going backwards."
Women only train carriages are not a new idea, and reaction to Corbyn's suggestion has been mixed. However, the cartoonist clearly thinks that it would be a reactionary move since the comment about going backwards can be taken literally (the carriage is moving backwards), and figuratively (attitudes to women are going backwards). The fact that the carriage is red could be a deliberate reference to the Labour party, whose traditional colour is red. In which case, the cartoon could also be interpreted as a comment on Corbyn's desire to 'turn back the clock' with his far-left policies.
1. The irregular plural of 'woman' is 'women', pronounced 'wimmin', or /'wɪmɪn/ in phonetic script.
2. 'Carriage' is pronounced 'carridge', or /ˈkærɪdʒ/ in phonetic script.
This story would make a good topic for class debate. For or against?