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Do You Get Harassed by Strangers?

All (women) aboard! India's four largest cities recently introduced the "Ladies Special" — a commuter train for women only. The cities have found that the segregated service is needed to prevent women from being groped, pinched, and subjected to shouted insults while they commute to work.

India isn't the first country to try something like this. Last year Mexico City addressed public sexual harassment by debuting women-only buses marked with pink placards of course. And such harassment is so prevalent in Japan that there's even a word ("chikan") just for subway gropers. (And let's not forget that you don't have to be groped to be harassed; you might witness someone masturbating while you're trying to get to work on the subway!)

Knowing that you can travel in peace must be a relief for women who have been sexually harassed by strange men. Does this ever happen to you?

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ali321 ali321 7 years
I don't know if you're directing that at me, but I agree with some of what you said. I don't think there should be a double standard either. But either way we're not just talking about nudity which isn't really a big deal to me in itself. And don't you think it's kind of a stretch to put equal rights for people to masturbate in public on the same level as racial segregation? lol
ali321 ali321 7 years
I don't know that people feel scarred for just seeing a penis. It's what you're doing with it that matters. I don't know. I just feel like people don't crap in public, so why masturbate in public? It's kind of on the same level for a lot of people I think. At least for me. Plus it's very possibly illegal. And please don't assume that women are playing the victim. It is a real issue. Please consider that. But obviously we see things from different angles. Agree to disagree.
ali321 ali321 7 years
No I don't believe I implied that at all. I didn't mean to if I did. In fact I said that I get that people have kinks and unfortunately for these people theirs is not done in private, so it becomes an issue for other people. I totally get that other people have different interests in sex. That's kind of the problem. When you bring what you do sexually in front of people and force them to witness you when they don't want to that is what I consider messed up. I don't care what people do in private as long as it's not against anyone's will. When you masturbate in public I consider that to be subjecting me to what you're doing against my will. I seriously don't think people can help what they desire sexually. I do think they can help what they choose to do and act on.
ali321 ali321 7 years
You know the thing is that I can get that people have different kinks and whatnot, but as a part of society (at least American) do you not realize that it's not acceptable behavior? Even if it does turn you on you still have to know that it's messed up. This isn't just aimed at Anonymous. I'm just having a hard time thinking that normal people participate in this behavior. Unfortunately for these people they can't do what turns them on in private I guess. And for Anonymous clearly it is hurting people. Not physically, but it's invasive and disrespectful. Get a room already.
sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
When I go out running I get honked by passing cars/wolf whistled. I freaking HATE it. Do they think that every 100th honk earns them a blowjob ??
vanitypot vanitypot 8 years
in my country (Philippines), we do separate the men from the women in our public trains; men here are so FOND of groping too :( never been tried (thank God!) so it's a blessing our trains do the segregation too! :)
Pink2022 Pink2022 8 years
I don't know why but I find honking so infuriating. I get so mad! I think its because it makes no sense. What do they expect me to do?? Especially at 8am when i'm just walking along to work & its some gross truckie honking. seriously. Sometimes its flattering if a guy says "looking good today" especially when ur not feeling too crash hot! But it depends how sleezy they look. I just think normal decent guys don't do those sorts of things.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
I've been hit on, stared at, and honked at quite a few times, but that's the most sexual harassment I've received. If some stranger masturbated in my presence, I would be scarred for life.
dleighl dleighl 8 years
I live on a busy street and I get honked and yelled at all the time when I'm walking from my car to the house. I usually don't even look, flip them off and keep going. Once I flipped a good friend off who honked and didn't realize it until he told me later! I don't know what they think my reaction will be - "come and get me baby"?
0fashionqueen 0fashionqueen 8 years
I get harassed by women from what I wear, how I dress and how I smell. It bugs me on how women pay to much attention to what I am doing and not to what is important in the world.
WritingLikeCrazy WritingLikeCrazy 8 years
Unfortunately, I've seen so many men masturbate in public, it's become more of a nuisance than an offense. Men harass women all the time, but nothing is as bad as Italy. An English friend and I did an Italian tour and my GOD how aggressive the men were. At first, it was funny. But when it's breakfast time, you're innocently trying to take a picture of the Colosseum and some putz asks you to meet him in the bushes for a shag...well, you ain't in Kansas anymore.
Pistil Pistil 8 years
I rarely take public transportation, rarely end up downtown in the city/busy avenues. I've experienced catcalls, but no physical harassment. I think it depends where you live... I know it happens here, but it doesn't seem to be as common, or aggressive, as say, New York or Japan (it seems). But the creeps are everywhere.
sloane220 sloane220 8 years
@ali321- it's average everyday men. you have to remember that men in general are socialized by society to be sexually agressive, and that socialization manifests itself in all different ways. yes, i live in new york, and i've been interrupted while i was on my cell because some guy wanted to talk to me, i've been grabbed by my arm and hand, i've had guys push up against me on the subway, yell at me from cars and once when i was walking through a crowd on a sidewalk a guy put his hand up my skirt. fortunately for them they disappeared into the crowd by the time i turned around. most of these sexually agressive men have gotten angry when i rejected them, some to the point where i felt physically threatned.
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