‘Penis Seat’ Draws Attention To Subway Harassment

(via) To highlight the scourge of sexual harassment on its public transit system, Mexico City authorities recently transformed a seat on one of its subway cars to replicate the form of a male torso, complete with limp penis. Though just a shock stunt to produce a PSA video, it looks to be effective. Of course, the visual and physical discomfort the so-called “Experimento Asiento” (Seat Experiment) causes is nothing close to the pain of real deal abuse, but this is short of trivialisation. Deep down, I think everyone on the train – even the giggling adolescents – are more horrified than amused. Sexual harassment has long plagued our own transit system. Despite campaigns, news stories, and even the floated idea of “women-only” skytrain cars, the problem still persists, so we wonder: what (if any) effect would this campaign have in Vancouver?

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