To cross a Common, first you have to be able to get there

Yesterday I had a brief look at how to get to Clapham Common from here in Eltham. It’s an area of London I’ve never been to, and I was curious about checking out the events currently unfolding there myself. I therefore did what I usually do in such situations, and headed to the TFL website. However, there I came across a problem: Clapham Common tube station, on the Northern Line, is not wheelchair accessible, and I couldn’t see any other route to get there. At that I ditched the idea. Yet in a way it strikes me as ironic: women are currently their protesting their right to cross the Common – a well-known cruising zone – without fear of sexual attack, but at least they can get there in the first place. Of course, I’m not disputing a woman’s right to go anywhere they wish without fear of sexual assault; they just seem to forget just how lucky they are to have the option, or perhaps they wouldn’t feel so hard done by. They claim they are not free, yet these mostly straight, white, middle class, able-bodied protesters don’t seem to realise how free they really are. Or to put that another way, they have every right to protest; I’d probably be there with them, if only I could get there.

One thought on “To cross a Common, first you have to be able to get there

  1. Be very very careful here…”they just seem to forget just how lucky they are to have the option, or perhaps they wouldn’t feel so hard done by” You may not mean it to but it sounds gobsmackingly glib to basically say that women feel “hard done by” when they are raped and even on occasion murdered. I don’t dispute your points about access; but I really think you need to keep them very separate from the current issues around women’s safety…

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