City of Women
October 13, 2016 3:15 PM   Subscribe

What if the New York City subway map paid homage to some of the city’s great women? It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World” is a song James Brown recorded in a New York City studio in 1966, and, whether you like it or not, you can make the case that he’s right. Walking down the city streets, young women get harassed in ways that tell them that this is not their world, their city, their street; that their freedom of movement and association is liable to be undermined at any time; and that a lot of strangers expect obedience and attention from them. “Smile,” a man orders you, and that’s a concise way to say that he owns you; he’s the boss; you do as you’re told; your face is there to serve his life, not express your own. He’s someone; you’re no one.
posted by strelitzia (4 comments total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
And put up that statue of Edith Wharton in Central Park already.
posted by The Underpants Monster at 6:34 PM on October 13, 2016 [1 favorite]

This is so great. Thank you for posting!
posted by bunderful at 9:00 PM on October 13, 2016

And put up that statue of Edith Wharton in Central Park already.

If I have to put up with a "Judge Judy" subway station to get an Edith Wharton statue, I guess it's worth it, although just barely.
posted by layceepee at 9:03 AM on October 14, 2016 [1 favorite]

These little glimpses, like she describes, of wondering what it must be like to have the whole world made to reflect you, are this mixture of sweet and butter to me. I love this idea and the article. Thank you fort posting!
posted by Salamandrous at 5:05 PM on October 15, 2016

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