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Shanghai Metro Operation line 2. wrote on its official microblog @上海地铁二运 “Going onto subway, dressed like this, will be impossible not to get sexually harassed. More perverts on the subway, impossible to defend, women vs. perverts (wolves: direct translation of 色狼 is sexual wolf) Girl, please respect yourself!” The attached image is a young woman dressed in black silk skirt, from the back, due to the very thin layer of fabric, her bra and underwear can be seen easily, it is indeed very sexy.
However this microblog entry drew criticisms from many netizens. Some netizens believe that dress in revealing clothes is individual’s choice; no one should use that as a pretext for engaging in sexual harassment. “If the law or subway regulation did not forbid her to dress like this then we have no rights to criticize.” netizens voiced their opinions after this post,” according to your theory, all men would do something to women in the swimming pool?” “You are to maintain passengers’ safety, not to avoid taking responsibility, more so not to make excuses for criminals!”
However the other side of the opinion agrees with Shanghai Metro Operation line 2. “In public places, we should pay attention to dress code and occasions. This is basic common sense and ethics, should this even be questioned?” This netizen thought Shanghai Metro’s official weibo is coming from good intention of making the passengers to be more aware, which need not to apologize. “Young people now days wear low cut shirts, mini-skirts, see-through dresses, which make some people to imagine, some even take action of sexual harassment. Therefore when we ridicule the criminals, at the same time should we all think about our body languages?”
This debate continues, two young girls on Shanghai Metro line 2 dressed in black robes and clothes. They covered up their faces and holding some signs, “We can be ‘flirty’, but you cannot harass.” “We want to be cool, but don’t want wolves (perverts)” to protest against Shanghai Metro line 2. These two female volunteers using performance art immediately attracted many attentions. “Women’s Voice” newspaper also supported their acts on Weibo @女权之声 and calls for women to take ownership of their bodies to fight against sexual harassment.
One netizen give recognition after viewing the performance art, he felt if we allowing the view of “women wear less clothes causes men to commit sex crimes”, then in the end every woman must wear layers of thick clothing before being allowed in the street. In a normal society, even if a person walks out in nude, you can call the police, but you can not harass her, this is basic common sense.
Two volunteers attracted a lot of talks, both sides’ debate is still continuing. Many netizens pointed out that the motivation of Shanghai Metro line 2’s microblog entry was to reduce sexual harassment crimes, however words it used were indeed inappropriate. While netizen’s argue, please appreciate the intention of Shanghai Metro line 2, “I hope both sides have a good attitude to properly deal with this dispute.”
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