This Subway "Penis Seat" Is Funny — The Problem Is That Sexual Assault Isn't

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Mexico City Subway Penis Seat
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NO, DUDE.

The subway system in Mexico is making headlines today!

(Now there's a thing I did not anticipate writing, but cool, cool.) 

"Men only" seats have been slotted into subway cars throughout the urban areas, but it isn't what you think.

These "men only seats" come equipped with nipples and a plastic penis in each seat. 

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But wait, it gets creepier.

The reason these "men only" seats are being promoted? To remind people that you should not be confronted with unwanted contact with genitals when you are just minding your own business trying to commute or go buy some pants. 

Ah, advertising. Talk about a swing and an epic miss. 

I cannot EVEN with this penis seat as a means for drawing attention to sexual assault. 

Did I mention that the seats are primarily found in Mexico City where 9 OUT OF 10 WOMEN ARE THE VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT and only 2 out of 10 rapists are actually punished.

That's right, somebody spent time and money sculpting a plastic penis seat when women in Mexico City who are NOT being assaulted are in the minority and rapists are running around free and clear.

The world should maybe just be set on fire, maybe? I guess? 

You know what I don't need to remind me that sexual assault and inappropriate touch are a problem on the subway?

A penis up my ass, prosthetic or otherwise. 

Maybe straight men, in their perpetual state of homophobia, could benefit from a little plastic penis poking them where the sun don't shine, but by and large, If I sat on this seat, all I would feel is one more violation. 

I ride the subway every day here in New York. Do you know how many times a man has rubbed his penis on me without my consent? It's more than once, and once is too many times.

Do you know how many men I've witnessed flash women on the train? It's more than five times, and that's five times too many. 

Maybe instead of creating a hilarious genitalia chair that makes every single person who comes in contact with it squirm with discomfort, we should, I don't know, this is just me spitballing here, put up photos of men who are caught doing inappropriate things to women (or anyone) up in the train with the heading "This Guy Sexually Assaulted A Woman On This Train". 

Having a face to put to a crime humanizes it, makes it easier for people to understand and to empathize with, whereas putting a penis on a chair doesn't do much except make feel even more victimized and give men one more example of how penises are hilarious and should be used with wild abandon.

Ick, no, gross, do not want. 

 

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