Talk about extreme!
Mexico City has installed a “penis seat” on one of its busiest subway trains to draw attention to sexual harassment on public transportation.
A sign above the provocative seat featuring a protruding mold of a man’s torso and penis reads: “Exclusivo para hombres” … which translates to Exclusive for Men.
A second sign on the floor in front of the seat reads: “It is uncomfortable to sit here, but that is nothing compared to the sexual violence that women suffer on their daily journeys.”
The intent is for men who sit there to realize just how uncomfortable women are when accosted on public transportation.
Mexico City launched the campaign — #NoEsDeHombres — to bring more attention to an issue that is a growing problem there. The Mexican government says 65 percent of women in the capital have been sexually harassed on buses or trains, according to Fox News.
There’s an accompanying public relations video that documents the reactions of both male and female commuters as they encounter the “penis seat.”
There was a mixed reaction to the “penis seat” on social media, with some loving the concept, while others think it’s gross.
Here’s a sampling of reactions from Twitter:
Sexual harassment is no joke, but I think this is putting it in the funny category, actually ridiculous. https://t.co/4mwLcnJfGx
— Keith Dawson ?? (@kwetterkeith) March 31, 2017
This is just honestly really gross. https://t.co/5d5vWC8RFj
— Lee C Dunn (@LeeCDinDC) March 30, 2017
#NoEsDeHombres interesting campaign targeting male harassers in Mexico City. Refreshingly not aimed at women https://t.co/Yc9v7jgqrs
— Heather Stewart (@h_stewart1) April 2, 2017
This is TOTALLY going to end sexual harassment. https://t.co/NzCsTBPq8D
— Casejay (@jogajunior13) March 31, 2017
“In order to generate change, you need to create empathy.” https://t.co/3ihyEXWpTB #NoEsDeHombres
— Mark Edward Springer (@MarkSpringer) April 2, 2017
“This is How Your Mom Gets Looked At Everyday” ❤️the #NoEsDeHombres campaign. Glad I can’t read the YouTube comments https://t.co/oWpkGMwSnC
— Haneen Arafat Murphy (@haneenvo) April 2, 2017
#NoEsDeHombres isn’t this sexual harassment of itself? I mean if a 4 or 5 year old kid got on and saw that, that’d be downright disgusting.
— Piggery Axe (@PiggeryAxe) April 1, 2017
#NoEsDeHombres apparently #mexicanas has a larger issue than sexual harassment and this isn’t the answer. Gross.
— Crystal Warr (@CWarr1492) March 31, 2017
Love this #penisseat on Mexican public transport to fight sexual harresment, yes that’s right a penis https://t.co/6Yuexxw05z #NoEsDeHombres pic.twitter.com/BppHUG5dGg
— Jonbars (@jonathon_barnes) March 31, 2017
Fantastic. We need a “penis seat” on Delhi metro trains too! @UN_Women https://t.co/r1XACKGRgr #sexualharassment #publictransport #mexico
— Nita Bhalla (@nitabhalla) March 31, 2017
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