Published: Tue, April 04, 2017
Technology | By Timothy Carter

Mexico City installs 'penis seat' on subway

Mexico City installs 'penis seat' on subway

A Metro network has installed a "penis seat" on its trains to highlight the repeated sexual harassment women face daily on public transport.

The stunt even includes this promotional video of commuters looking equal parts confused and revolted.

Though sexual violence against women on public transportation occurs worldwide, the problem has been ever-growing for the women of Mexico City - which was ranked the worst in verbal and physical harassment on public transit worldwide in 2014. A note explains: "It is uncomfortable to sit here, but that is nothing compared to the sexual violence that women suffer on their daily journeys".

The gimmick? A seat that looks like a naked man from just about knees to collar bones, complete with genitalia.

Social media posts about the metro's social experiment have emerged with the hashtag #NoEsDeHombres - sending the project viral.

"The campaign seeks to change (this view), to stop men from thinking that sexual harassment is normal", she continued, before adding, "there are many men who do not harass women, and we want these men to be fearless and go out and say that harassment is not normal". The video is now creeping towards 1,000,000 views. In 2000, the city introduced "pink cars", subway carriages generally at the front of the train that are restricted to women and children under the age of 10, per Al Jazeera. Above the unusual bench a sign reads "for men only".

Others called it "sexist" and unfair to men. And if it takes a shock-factor man-hood seat to do that, then we're all for it.

When she attended the UN Women Safe Cities Global Leaders' Forum in Mexico City last month, she noted the onus of change was often put on women.

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