Skinny girls to blame for train delays

Are you buying this? We aren't, either.

By Tracy Clark-Flory
Published January 5, 2007 10:17PM (EST)

Instead of cursing the transportation gods for subway delays, we should direct our anger at skinny girls who put their vanity before everyone else's commute, according to amNewYork. Crash-dieting women who pass out for lack of food are one of the top causes of New York subway delays, according to Asim Nelson, a Metropolitan Transportation Authority emergency medical technician. "You have women trying to get their bodies tight for the summer and they won't eat," he said. "Not eating for three or four days, you are going to go down. If you don't eat for 12 hours you are going to get weak." amNewYork spells out the moral of the story: "Subway late? Blame the lady wearing a size 0."

For lack of actual statistics -- the MTA doesn't keep track of the nature of "sick customer" incidents, and amNew York concedes that flu symptoms and hangover complaints can also delay trains -- this wholly unscientific report attempts to bolster its claims by marching out 17-year-old Talisa McGraw, who "sheepishly" admits to having skipped breakfast and dinner prior to her fainting spell on a train last month. "I felt dizzy and light and dropped down. Luckily someone got me a seat and called the conductor," she said. That morning, Nelson treated McGraw, as well as four other women who had passed out or felt weak.

I suppose if there's one good thing to be said about this article it's that it doesn't go so far as to blame transportation delays on, say, "the vapors." (Though we'd love to see the Onion's take on that.) Twisty of I Blame The Patriarchy isn't so kind; she calls it an example of "woman-blaming-as-national-bloodsport."

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