Commuting Women Can’t Even Eat Peacefully Thanks To This Latest Craze

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The social media is in a furor over a Facebook group called Women Who Eat on Tubes which asks people to post photos of just that very activity. Here’s what all the fuss is about.

Women Can’t Eat Peacefully

There are people out there who are surreptitiously taking photos of women eating during their London Underground tube commute and posting them on a Facebook page titled Women Who Eat on Tubes.

The phenomenon has the Twittersphere up in arms, fueled in part by a tweet from user Caitlin Moran

This "Women Eating On Tubes" thing - if someone takes a picture of you, take of picture of them, and I'll Tweet it.

She’s not the only one. Director of Transport for London Steve Burton says, “Though taking photos of people on the Tube is not illegal, we ask anyone doing so to ensure they respect other passengers.

‘If any customer has concerns about such behavior, believing there may be a sinister motive, they should speak to the British Transport Police.”

Here are some pictures:

Women Can’t Eat Peacefully

Women Can’t Eat Peacefully

Women Can’t Eat Peacefully

Women Can’t Eat Peacefully

This highly intrusive craze might have been different if the pictures were taken irrespective of gender, but as it stands, it seems to marginalize women. Regardless of who is photographed, it is a breach of privacy.

The fact that the photographers also upload the time the photo was taken, the details of the unsuspecting victim’s meal, and the tube she was travelling on is deeply unsettling.

Women Can’t Eat Peacefully

Ironically, the ‘About’ section of the page says the intent is"observational not judgmental. It doesn't intimidate nor bully".

"Subjects are embraced... and cherished. We celebrate and encourage women eating food on Tubes, we do not marginalise them. We always look for the story in the picture."

Women Can’t Eat Peacefully

Here are a few more:

Also bear in mind, if you ever took a picture of my teenage daughter eating on the Tube, I'd probably knock you out cold.

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