UN sexual harassment campaign makes male subway riders uncomfortable

Penis seat in Mexico Metro system

Mexico City is especially affected by sexual violence, as such cases have been growing more and more. "Nine out of 10 women in Mexico City have been victims of some form of sexual violence in their daily transfers", the video concludes as reported by The Telegraph.

Some Mexico City commuters are having an uncomfortable experience after a seat containing a moulded penis was installed in one of the city's metro cars as part of an awareness campaign to combat sexual harassment and violence.

As the PSA below makes clear, it's not just those who sit on the seat who are uncomfortable.

Women who regularly commute on public transit are all too familiar with the sexual harassment experienced by female passengers.

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Videos of the experiments, released by U.N. Women, have been viewed almost 1 million times as of Friday evening.

Almost 6 million people take the Mexico City subway each day and women are molested on a regular basis. There have been a few attempts to address this problem in recent years, including offering women city-branded whistles to blow when they felt threatened.

"Those behind the campaign #noesdehombres, or "#itsnotmanly" in English, hope the viral success of the penis seat will prompt society to re-consider common perceptions of machismo. But he also stressed the importance of not seeing all men as attackers. On YouTube, the "Experimento Asiento" video has more "thumbs down" votes than "thumbs up".

Teresa Inchaustegui, Director of the Women's Institute of Mexico City said this could be achieved by projects which "push... so that men are placed on the side of women's rights".

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