Mischievous readers in Australia could have some fun, if they were that way inclined.
Shebah is a ride share service like Uber and Ola. It differs in one significant way, however; the drivers and passengers are female.
“Fine“, we might say, “it’s perfectly reasonable for female passengers and drivers to want this additional safety measure. Men can call an Uber“.
If that was the policy, there’d be no opportunity for fun and this blog post wouldn’t need to be written.
Of course, we are living on Planet Insanity so the Shebah folks have tied themselves into logical knots by trying to be more woke than you and I.
Sit back and enjoy our little ride into madness courtesy of the FAQ section of their website (additional questions in bold are ours);
Who can drive or ride with the service?
Ok, only women or children, including boys under 18.
So, the teenage Said Imasi would have been ok to ride on his own then? Here’s a picture of him when he was “fourteen” (he’s the fully grown man on the right);
What about trans people?
Great, so in your “intersectionally feminist” opinion, “Hannah” Mouncey is ok to drive and ride;
As is the serial rapist, “Karen” White.
Discrimination is definitely not a thing you condone?
When you say you don’t discriminate, are there any limits?
That’s quite a complex set of restrictions and exceptions. It feels like it could be better illustrated with a decision tree/flow chart diagram along the lines of, “do you have a penis but you are accompanied by a woman and very small child?”
Speaking of discrimination, how do you prevent a man or a “woman” with a penis from registering as a driver? What checks are there?
You’ll need to upload photos of all of the following – legally, they must be current so make sure they’re always up to date!
Your gorgeous face
Your car: front, back and side view
The front of your drivers licence
The back of your drivers licence (with current home address if changed)
Your car registration
A roadworthy certificate that is less than 12 months old
Current rideshare insurance for the car you’ll be driving*
A Passenger Transport Licence Code from Services NSW (formerly the Department of Roads and Maritime Services)
A Working With Children Check valid for paid work
Not much in that list to prevent someone like “Hannah” Mouncey from registering to drive then. “Karen” White might struggle with the Working With Children Check, of course.
Male Australians wishing to have some fun might register for the Shebah service, wear a wig and hail a cab.
They could then claim discrimination if their custom is refused on the grounds of their gender.
Why? Well, if you say you’re a woman, you’re a woman, according to Shebah. It’s right there in their policies and terms of service. If you took Shebah to the various state anti-discrimination ombudsperson, a strong case could be made that the logical inconsistencies of their policy negate any claim of a valid exception to the anti-discrimination laws.
For the sake of clarity, let’s list the inconsistencies;
1. We don’t discriminate. However…. no male drivers, no male passengers under 13, or over 18 unless accompanied by a woman and a baby.
2. We are a female service for females. However…. see (1) regarding male passengers. Also, if a man says he’s a woman we accept him/her at his/her word.
3. We take our drivers’ safety very seriously. However…. see (2), we aren’t going to perform a Crocodile Dundee genital cup to check whether the trans driver still has his/her boy’s bits or not.
Hands up who’s prepared to be the test case for Sanity vs. Shebah 2018?