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‘Penis seat’ aims to tackle sexual harassment in Mexico

‘Penis seat’ aims to tackle sexual harassment in Mexico
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COMMUTERS in Mexico were left puzzled after their tube train had a seat…in the shape of a penis.

The publicity stunt aimed to raise awareness of the sexual harassment suffered by women on public transport, and the accompanying video posted on Youtube has since gone viral, winning praise from campaigners worldwide.

A sign by the seat read: “It’s uncomfortable to sit here but it doesn’t compare with the sexual violence that women suffer in their everyday lives.”

As part of the campaign, Mexican transport chiefs released a video, depicting bemused passengers unsure of how to react to the seat. Some move away in disgust, others look uncomfortable, unsure of how to act. However, the video concludes with the sombre message that “9 out of 10 women in Mexico City have been victims of some form of sexual violence in their daily transfers.”

In 2000, Mexico City made the first three carriages of metro trains women’s only due to complaints about sexual harassment.

The campaign is a joint effort between the United Nations and the Mexico City authorities and uses ‘social experiments’ where male passengers are exposed to situations which are commonly experienced by women.

Unlike many campaigns against sexual harassment, this campaign is aimed exclusively at men.

The Telegraph reports that in another video, male passengers “see images of their buttocks displayed onto screens hanging opposite.”

Ana Guezmes, a representative of UN Women Mexico, said that the campaign seeks to change views around sexual harassment, and to stop men thinking it is normal.

“Most men do not consider sexual harassment as violence.  Saying things to a women, whistling at them, are considered absolutely normal.

“There are many men who do not harass and we want these men to be brave and go out and say that this is not normal.”

Holly Smith Editor

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