Commuting is a Bitch

My personal goal is to take up as much space in this world—in this life— as I possibly can.

An Ordinary Woman of Ordinary Temperament

It's a metaphor for life! It’s a metaphor for life!               

Anyone who’s seen ‘Men Taking Up Too Much Space on the Train’ (or anyone who has been female and a commuter) knows that sometimes, even just trying to mind your own business and get home from work without having to rub up against the fucking patriarchy (literally!) is pretty much impossible. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve had to scrunch myself up to make room for some dude blithely standing with his hands on his hips, elbows jutting into what should be my personal space, swinging his stupid backpack around whilst I try to read an article off my phone like 2mm away from my face. This may be the most literal demonstration of what it’s like to be a woman moving around – and trying to claim her own…

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