By Natalie Issa
Who doesn’t love Uber? It has saved many a person from scrounging for a ride, commuting home while intoxicated, etc. In some cases, Uber has been a literal life-saver—because who knows what could happen when you’re walking home at night, alone?
But with the multitude of “Uber saved my life" stories, there are also a few stories reporting female passengers getting assaulted by male drivers. And unfortunately, Uber horror stories aren’t limited to just passengers. A few female drivers have reported being harassed by male passengers, as well.
So while Uber is delightfully convenient, it can be still dangerous.
Cue Chariot for Women, a car-service app strictly for women drivers, and women and children passengers. Founded by ex-Uber driver Michael Pelletz, this newest car service app is set to launch in Boston next month.
According to Chariot’s website, Pelletz came up with the idea after a frightening incident with a very drunk male passenger.
Chariot’s website says, “One thought kept coming up in his head: ‘What if I was a woman?’ he thought, ‘How would a woman handle that situation, especially when I was so nervous myself?’”
Thus Chariot for Women was born. It’s main mission, according to their website, is “to give the most secure and fun rideshare experience in the industry, driven by women, for women.”
While Chariot for Women has generally been received with positive feedback, there are a few questioning the legality of the car service. Others are calling the app sexist. Here are a few examples:
To those (mostly male) complainers who cry sexism at Chariot for Women: why? Seriously. Why??
We live in a world where a lot of products are advertised to men, such as food, cars, and even soda. And unfortunately, the advertisement of these products often are at the expense of women.
So why can’t there be one product exclusively for women, with a worthy mission to make women feel safer? Uber isn’t going anywhere—men can still freely use it, without fear, as they always have. It’s not as if men are being denied a service that they don’t already have access to.
Besides, Chariot for Women could potentially to protect women against sexual assault. It could help women feel safer. How could you possibly oppose that?
To those who say that women should simply carry pepper spray or learn self defense to feel safer during sketchy Uber rides-- that is not a solution. That is not enough. Our safety shouldn't be something that we need to fight to possess.
So gals, if you've ever felt sketched out while taking an Uber ride—hopefully, you won’t have to fear any more. While Chariot for Women isn’t a hundred percent guarantee for safety (to be fair, most things aren’t), hopefully you’ll feel a little more secure on your ride home after a night out on the town.
If any of our Boston ladies try Chariot for Women out, tell us how it goes! We’d love to hear from you.
(Image taken from Chariot For Women's website)