During the morning and evening rush hours on the J.R Osaka loop line, some cars or carriages are made available only for female passengers.
This practice often causes debate as to whether it should continue or to make all cars available to both sexes. On several occasions I have been found guilty of mistakenly running on to an “all female” car, only to be quickly told by a guard that I’m not welcome. I have no problem with this practice, providing that there is a genuine need to enforce it, which of course is for another blog.
It’s not really an inconvenience and the benefits outweigh the negatives. Females can have “peace of mind” and feel less anxious. This is important as it makes them feel more at ease when they are confronting a hard day at work or a nice evening with their family or friends. It’s a courteous gesture by the train companies that I’m sure is widely appreciated by women who feel uncomfortable in crowded mixed cars.
It’s really a small price to pay for male passengers and anything that relieves anxiety is a good thing.
The bottom line is that this service is provided for women who want it, and other women are free to enter any car that they want to, and choice is a good thing in todays society!!