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08/07/2012

Shanghai Metrodress code‘ warning sparks debate

A Shanghai Metro microblog post urging women to ”pay attention to how you dress” to avoid sexual harassment has sparked protests and strong reactions.

The metro operator posted a picture of a woman in a see-through dress on its Twitter-like Weibo account, saying: “It’s no wonder that some people get harassed if they dress like this.”

Harassment dress.

Harassment dress.

“According to this logic, all men can harass women in swimming pools?” one microblog user was quoted as saying in China Daily.

”Even if a woman doesn’t wear revealing clothes, it doesn’t mean she won’t be sexually harassed,” another user pointed out.

On Sunday, two women walked through the metro trains with their faces covered in black and carrying signs in protest. One sign read: ”I can be coquettish; but you cannot harass me.”

No-harassment dress.

No-harassment dress.

A spokesman for the metro company denied allegations that the post was justifying sexual harassment, and said it was meant to be a ”kind reminder” to women.

“As the city’s subway operator, we have the responsibility to warn women of the potential danger of sexual harassment on the subway,” he told the Global Times newspaper.

He added that there had been an increase in the number of complaints of sexual harassment on the subway.

The majority of tens of thousands of internet users responding to a Sina Weibo survey, however, agreed that women should dress conservatively when taking public transportation.

”Dressing appropriately in public is a matter of public courtesy,” said one microblog user. ”Asking women to be self-respecting in the way they dress does not equate to justifying sexual harassment.”
»bbc.co.uk

* Shanghai Metro Asks Women to Wear More Clothing in Public

* Le métro de Shanghai aux femmes: un peu de tenue (pas légère) !

* Le métro de Shanghai aux femmes: un peu de tenue (pas légère)! (response)

Anti-Sexual Harassment Graffiti reading: No To...

Anti-Sexual Harassment Graffiti reading: No Touching allowed: Castration Awaits You (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


 
Train platform marking, indicating that this p...

Train platform marking, indicating that this part of the train is for women only, to prevent sexual harassment. Shinjuku Station, Tokyo, Japan. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


 
Five ways to fight sexual harassment(public se...

Five ways to fight sexual harassment(public service poster on a Seoul Subway Line 2 train) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


 
taking the workplace sexual harassment training

taking the workplace sexual harassment training (Photo credit: jeffc5000)


 

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