I’m sure by now that everyone has seen Men Taking Up Too Much Space On the Train, a genius Tumblr that more than adequately demonstrates the fact that we teach women to take up as little space as possible and teach the opposite to men. The blog draws regular ire from dudes, and the person (woman? I don’t know) who curates the blog is happy to just rip apart their responses, so good luck with that, guys. The most common excuse guys give is “We sit that way because we have dicks.” Ironically, I’m pretty sure that “because we have dicks” is the basic justification that’s been used an immeasurable number of times over history to do things like deny women the right to vote or own land or have autonomy over our own bodies, harass us in public all the fucking time, and block us from adequate and equal access to healthcare, but WHATEVS. Another thing people like to do with this Tumblr is write in to mock the blog by saying things like “Oh yeah you’re so oppressed because guys are taking up a lot of space on the train,” which kind of completely misses the point. So I feel like it’s my duty to say here that the point is that we teach men and women to dignify their bodies differently, and that’s worth questioning.
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The elusive chanteuse is elusive no more! Mariah Carey — whose new album dropped last Tuesday — decided to forgo her usual private driver in favor of the good ol’ NYC subway system, but rode the train the Mimi-way, glittering gown and all. ”I figured since I’m underdressed, we might as well take the subway,” she explained in the various Instagram and Vine photos and vids she posted of the momentous occasion. Mariah Carey, for one brief moment, was just like us.
In addition to being better for the environment, public transportation is often more efficient and quicker than fighting traffic. Plus, it’s just kind cool to see celebs “out in the wild,” clutching filthy subway poles and giving the stink eye to rude multi-seat hoggers with the rest of us. Here are a bunch more celebs spotted on public transpo!
As a long time NYC public transpo user, I have seen my fair share of subway insanity. At the top of my list is the man who panhandled with a live snake. The snake incident seems rather innocuous compared what happened on a Chicago L train this weekend. A buck naked woman calling herself “the goddess of the train” brought CTA’s Red Line to a screeching halt when, according to a witness, the woman announced that she was going to the front car to drive the train and told all the passengers to get off. Naturally, her fellow CTA riders did not comply with the goddess’s orders and police promptly arrived to escort her off the train where she was taken for psychiatric evaluation. “This tops anything I have seen in 20 years riding the CTA,” said a woman named Anne, who witnessed the incident. A naked goddess trumps a snake any day of the week. Beat that, MTA. [Gawker]
Jay Z continues to use public transport even though he’s rich enough to helicopter everywhere. After a gig in London this weekend, Hov was snapped taking the London Underground with pals Chris Martin (Mr. Gwyneth Paltrow and chief Coldplay warbler) and producer Timbaland. Check out one more pic after the jump! [Photos: INFPhoto.com] Keep reading »
Dear Cheese Man,
Hello there. I’d like to start off by saying that we ride the same subway line. Why have I never seen you before? I see the man who panhandles with a live snake, the performance art clown and the lady who plays the “Chicken Dance” on her recorder ALL THE TIME. But I have never seen you and your cheese wheel before. A man wrote into Gothamist complaining about your stinky cheese and the way you ate it:
“Homeboy was seriously enjoying a half wheel of what must have been a severely aged Brie with crackers. He’d dig his gross fingers into the Brie, dig out a piece, slap on a cracker and throw it down. The Brie was highly fragrant and most straphangers were appalled. He also licked his fingers after each bite (perhaps my biggest pet peeve/gross out move) …It gave me the chills to watch his saliva soaked fingers dive repeatedly into that ripe cheese.”
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