Mexico City Metro Presents: The Penis Seat


In an effort to counter sexual harassment on public transportation, Mexico City has revealed a new chair design on its metros.

It definitely doesn’t lend itself to a comfortable commute: The shape of a man’s body protrudes from the seat, complete with a modest yet solidly erect penis.

Above the seat, a sign reads, “For men only,” and offers this explanation: “It is uncomfortable to sit here, but that is nothing compared to the sexual violence that women suffer on their daily journeys.”

"For men only"

“For men only”

The city erected the seats as a part of a campaign by UN Women and Mexico City called #NoEsDeHombres, which seeks to draw attention to pervasive sexual harassment on public transportation.

A 2014 poll conducted by YouGov, a UK polling firm, ranked Mexico City as the worst public metro in terms of verbal and physical harassment.  

As opposed to earlier campaigns, the penis seat places the impetus on men to change.

Last year, the city began handing out plastic, city-branded whistles to women for warding off threats in public. The effort drew more criticism than praise because it ignored the men who perpetrated the harassment. One twitter user made the suggestion that City Hall provide the city’s women with maracas in case they confront corruption.

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Samuel Braslow is an associate editor at FourTwoNine Magazine, and covers current events and politics for the website.

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