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This ‘penis seat’ is being used to highlight sexism on Mexico’s Metro

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Hayley Spencer
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The Mexico City Metro have come up with a novel way to highlight what it’s like to experience sexual harassment on your commute. The stunt involves a so-called ‘penis seat’; a pew which has been cast in the likeness of a man’s torso with a flaccid penis.

The thought behind the seat, which highlights sexism by singling out male commuters, is that it will go some way to showing them how uncomfortable it is to be harassed on public transport and to raise questions about consent.

It is fitted below a sign which says “exclusively for men”, and the message is driven home by a second sign, which reads: "It’s uncomfortable to sit here but it doesn’t compare with the sexual violence that women suffer in their everyday lives.”



The seat also features in a promotional video which shows commuters looking bemused and feeling literally uncomfortable as they attempt to use the seat.

It ends with the message: “9 out of 10 women in Mexico City have been victims of some form of sexual violence."



While the seat is a slightly bizarre approach to highlighting harassment, it’s great news that Mexico City’s transport police are taking steps to visibly address the problem and attempt to drive home to potential attackers that it is intolerable behaviour.

It’s clearly struck a chord with women in the country, where the hashtag #NoEsDeHombres and the video have gone viral.

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