I don't know what to say about this. The whole situation is so alien -- packed commuter trains (the amtrak passenger train here does not get that packed) and the degree of shame that the women feel if some man misbehaves himself. Although it seems planning related, I am reluctant to post it outside the FAC...and a little ambivalent about posting it all. Although I have a great interest in "women's issues" and such, I really loathe the degree of conflict usually found in any attempt to discuss such things in a mixed setting (and equally loathe the amount of man-bashing often found in "women only" discussions of such topics -- actually, I think I dislike that more).
So, can we try to have a civilized discussion?
In early May, seven private railways and two subway operators in the Tokyo area decided to introduce women-only cars in order to cut down on the number of groping incidents on crowded trains.ArticleA police spokesman said groping has been a problem for many years, but that the number of arrests have gone up because these days most young women carry cell phones capable of sending e-mail and taking pictures, and they're using them to report offenses.
Cars just for women are usually at the front or end of trains, marked with pink plastic seals on their windows and pink signs on the platforms where the cars stop. Women all over the Tokyo suburbs dash to board them.
Some men, however, are protesting.