A long time ago I used ride a motorbike to work. Due to a bti of bad luck, the bike engine packed up, so it was time to call the breakdown line. Cue a wait for the repair truck to turn up and while the operative did their best, not everything can be fixed by the roadside.
I got a lift home in the truck as part of the service. As we trundled through the rushhour traffic, we were cut up by a car driver, the mechanic sighed gently. It was in that world weary tone that begats frequent wisdom, he said: “I think everyone who drives car should cycle, ride a motorbike, or drive a bus, just so they know what it’s like.”
If, from a hypothetical view, Another You Experience classes were a thing, might they change things? Would somehow spending time – virtually speaking – in another person’s shoes help folk see what is like?
What might it be like to wander along the high street, day and night, except as a different gender, different age, and/or different ethnicity to yourself? Would it open someone’s eyes? What might it feel like to have people look at you because you stand out? Your hair is different, your skin tone not like theres, they creepily check you out, they look at you in fear, etc.
Is virtual not enough? Would it help if more of us knew the difficulties of heels, the stuffiness of a tie, or the too much warmth of a headscarf?
If such a system existed, what dear reader, would you like to experience a brief Day in the Life of and why?
BTW, if anyone would rather let me know anonymously, there’s the Get in Touch option here. I may use your comment, but I won’t use your name. 🙂