CAIRO Fed up with lecherous men taking advantage of the cheek-to-jowl conditions in the North American country’s crowded transport system, Mexico’s most populous city is running women-only buses. “There are good men in Mexico, but theyre not the ones on public transport,” Mariana Vasquez, 30, told The New York Times on Monday, February 11. “They try to touch you. They dont give you a seat. Where are the gentlemen?”
Mexico City began in January running women-only buses to reduce unseemly behavior on public buses.
The buses are now running in four of Mexico City’s bus routes and the number will rise to 15 in the coming months.
Mexican women have long complained of lecherous men on the transport system, which is used by nearly 22 million commuters daily.
Last year, seven women lodged official complaints of harassment on public transportation.
There are more reports of sexual incidents on the subways, with roughly one a day filed with the authorities.
“Most women don’t report what happens to them,” said Ariadna Montiel, who directs the public bus system.
“I know its a serious problem,” added Montiel, who herself experienced the harassment firsthand when she travelled by public transportation years ago.
Passengers say the atmosphere aboard womens buses is entirely different.
“Woo-hoo!” cheered Catalina Garduno when man after man was turned away from the bus she was riding.
“We don’t get paid as much as they, yet we work just as hard,” fumed the saleswoman.
“We are tired of their machismo. We don’t feel sorry for them at all.”
Any man who tries to step aboard the women-only buses is usually growled by the driver.
Some men see the women-only buses as discriminatory, venting their anger at the bus drivers.
“This is not against men,” insists Martha Lucia Micher Camarena, director general of the Institute of Women in Mexico City, a government body that promotes opportunities for women.
“This is positive discrimination that responds to the demands of women. And it’s also for men because it protects their daughters, sisters and mothers.”
Some men agree with that logic.
“We have no respect,” Adolfo Flores, a law student said of men’s unseemly treatment of women.
“We have the animal instinct,” agreed Esteban Hernandez, a 57-year-old shoeshine man.
Touching a woman, he said, “is a way of showing masculinity its very bad.”
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