Women and Canadian Public Transport in the 1940s
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In this article, the writer discusses an article by Donald F. Davis and Barbara Lorenzkowski that examines gender tensions on public transportation in Canada in the 1940s. The writer touches upon how this new (and threatening) female presence meant the end of one old regime, the rise of a new regime, and the re-negotiation of what constitutes proper behavior in the public sphere. In the final analysis, the writer maintains that the feminist movement of the 1960s and 1970s - one which is still very much with us today - has its origins as much in the crowded urban transit of two generations ago as it does anywhere else.
From the Paper:"There can be little question that gender relations are fundamentally about who has power; that is to say, while everyone claims to seek only equality, it is curious how one group or the other always wants a sort of equality that leaves them in a relatively more comfortable position than the other side. With this in mind, the following paper will look at an article by Donald F. Davis and Barbara Lorenzkowski which explores how the tensions between men and women on the crowded trams and buses of 1940s war-time Canada were manifestations of a larger struggle - one involving social, economic and even political dimensions - whereby women pushed their way into the public space of men and, in so doing, moved the societal continuum from one wherein men dominated towards one wherein women today are clearly in the ascendancy."
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