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Ladies First: Czech Railways Rolls Out Female-Priority Compartments
Time ^ | 22 Mar 2012 | Kate Springer

Posted on 03/23/2012 1:27:25 AM PDT by Cronos

Sorry, fellas, these seats are taken. In hopes of improving services for women, Czech Railways recently introduced “Ladies Compartments,” which will give priority seating to women and provide improved comfort.

According to the New York Times, the new compartments installed on about 30 trains were instantly met with some disapproval. Opponents argued the cabins discriminate against men, but rail spokesman Petr Stahlavsky told the Times the changes are based on “Western European and Christian traditions.” He added, “This is not any discrimination but social and cultural tradition.”

As it turns out, these types of cabins are not so uncommon. The company said it was modeling its new compartments after the Austrian system, but women-only cabins have already taken off in at least a half-dozen countries including Japan, Egypt, Iran, Brazil and India.

Though men aren’t banned from sitting in the new the six-seater Ladies Compartments on Prague’s trains, women will have priority seating and can ask men to leave if they don’t want to share the space with a Y chromosome. If successful, Czech Railways hopes to continue with plans to roll out 80 more similar compartments by the summer.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: czech; czechia
I must say I'm surprised that majority athiest/agnostic Czechia says Petr Stahlavsky told the Times the changes are based on “Western European and Christian traditions....

And can ask men to leave if they don’t want to share the space with a Y chromosome. -- ....

1 posted on 03/23/2012 1:27:37 AM PDT by Cronos
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To: Cronos
if they don’t want to share the space with a Y chromosome...

Can a woman REALLY complain based on the Y chromosome? If this is really true, hat-tip to them! But, as I suspect, if not now then soon, it will devolve to something else...

2 posted on 03/23/2012 1:45:23 AM PDT by C210N (Mitt "Severe Etch-a-Sketch" Romney is the front-runner? Seriously??)
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To: Cronos
I think these are woman only because woman are harassed in these nations.
3 posted on 03/23/2012 1:47:25 AM PDT by fortheDeclaration (How strangely will the Tools of a Tyrant pervert the plain Meaning of Words!-Sam Adams)
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To: fortheDeclaration

in Japan, India, Iran, Egypt I can understand, but I don’t think Czech women are harassed in Czechia...


4 posted on 03/23/2012 1:56:06 AM PDT by Cronos (Party like it's 12 20, 2012)
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To: Cronos

Islam marches forward.


5 posted on 03/23/2012 2:31:15 AM PDT by donna (Republicans won't change their ways until conservatives draw the line.)
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To: Cronos

Sounds like a little gender discrimination to me.


6 posted on 03/23/2012 2:44:44 AM PDT by svxdave (Life is too short to wear a fake Rolex.)
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To: Cronos
These two guys will be DEFINITELY disappointed!!!


7 posted on 03/23/2012 2:50:04 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (If Free Republic morphs into a supportive site for Romney, I'll conclude my 13 year participation.)
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To: Cronos
Yes, but they were using those nations as examples of the program being successful.

I think women in those nations welcome segregated from men, not sure if Western women would.

8 posted on 03/23/2012 3:22:02 AM PDT by fortheDeclaration (How strangely will the Tools of a Tyrant pervert the plain Meaning of Words!-Sam Adams)
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To: fortheDeclaration

I’d wager western women would largely be happy if men were forced to the back of the train.


9 posted on 03/23/2012 3:30:25 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: fortheDeclaration

you are correct.


10 posted on 03/23/2012 3:34:50 AM PDT by Cronos (Party like it's 12 20, 2012)
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To: C210N
if they don’t want to share the space with a Y chromosome

Can I ask a woman to come in, if I DON'T want to share with a Y chromosome?

11 posted on 03/23/2012 3:37:02 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Cronos

In Japan, many of the busiest commuter railway and subway lines have special trains designated for female passengers only during commute hours (usually 0600 to 0900 and 1500 to 1800 hours during weekdays). The reason is simple: there’s been a number of problems with male passengers harassing female passengers, especially when the trains get really crowded during commute hours.


12 posted on 03/23/2012 3:54:05 AM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: Cronos

“And can ask men to leave if they don’t want to share the space with a Y chromosome. — ...”

May we assume females are picking up the tab for these cars? (crickets)

Divide & conquer proceeds apace; I’m glad Europe is falling just as these laws pass. The “new Europeans” won’t be allowing women on trains without male relatives, and if this is what “the West” has come up with I’m with the “new Europeans”.


13 posted on 03/23/2012 4:01:00 AM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: AmericanInTokyo

I think these two were actually Slovaks because they went to the Technical Institute in Bratislava, which is now the capital of Slovokia.

Besides, they only had time for American foxes.


14 posted on 03/23/2012 4:02:36 AM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: RayChuang88

That is true, if by “harassing” you mean “engaging in extremely intrusive groping.”

It seems it is a well-known aspect of ultra-crowded Tokyo trains.


15 posted on 03/23/2012 4:25:42 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: FreedomPoster

Happened to me at rush hour on the subway...in this country.

Mrs CT Hillbilly


16 posted on 03/23/2012 4:30:00 AM PDT by CT Hillbilly (Thoughts=Words=Actions=Destiny)
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To: CT Hillbilly

Well that stinks. NYC?


17 posted on 03/23/2012 4:31:00 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Cronos
Czeh women are impressive ( such as Eva Herzigova) . It is understandable that the railways would want them to have the ability to socialize through invitation on trains. Photobucket
18 posted on 03/23/2012 4:55:04 AM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascist info.. http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)
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To: Candor7

I personally find Czech women nowhere near as beautiful as polish (of course I’m biased — I’m married to a Pole!) — they’re too Germanic and most German women are ... well... there’s an old Polish joke — if you walk west, the moment the cows look prettier than the women, you’re in Germany :-P


19 posted on 03/23/2012 6:31:53 AM PDT by Cronos (Party like it's 12 20, 2012)
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To: Alas Babylon!

Ah yes, but back then it was still one country, Czechoslovakia!


20 posted on 03/23/2012 7:24:09 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (If Free Republic morphs into a supportive site for Romney, I'll conclude my 13 year participation.)
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To: Cronos

Polish Ladies are indeed the best. I agree :-).

Very few twiggies among them, a very good thing !


21 posted on 03/24/2012 4:50:28 AM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascist info.. http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)
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