Before the Shenzhen subway unveiled its “women-only” carriages last month, critics offered a range of critiques regarding the trial initiative. However, they seem to have glazed over the biggest problem with the effort — men.
Just a week after being introduced, “priority carriages for women” set up on several Shenzhen subway lines have been taken over by the less fair sex with male commuters either ignoring or not noticing the pink signs and logos decorating the cramped carriages.
Chinese netizens have been somewhat less than surprised by this revelation. “The quality of countrymen is too low for this kind of thing,” wrote one Weibo user. “Well, of course, the guys are going to want to go where all the women are,” commented another.
The “women-only” carriages were launched last Monday as a way of combatting sexual harassment on the subway. Despite good intentions, they were immediately slammed by critics who argued that the carriages would only serve to reduce the effectiveness of the metro system, while also sending the wrong message to perpetrators of sexual assault.
Later last week, “women-only” carriages were also introduced in the Guangzhou metro. It’s not clear yet if the initiative will catch on elsewhere in China, but if it does, it appears that no one will really notice.
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