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(New York Times) In one of China’s biggest cities, the women-only subway cars are full of men.

It is, perhaps, an inescapable reality in one of the world’s busiest metro systems. Hop on a train during rush hour in the southern city of Guangzhou and you may find your face pressed against the back of a man’s down jacket, your knees banged by someone’s tote and your torso poked by a migrant worker’s sack of construction tools.

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Room is hard to find. So when the Guangzhou government began reserving cars for female passengers worried about being groped and harassed, they filled up — but not with the intended passengers.

“Men are totally clueless,” said Lu Lili, a 28-year-old bank employee, who was waiting for a train on Guangzhou’s Line 1 to appear. “It’s basically all the men trying to squeeze in.”

She gestured at the passengers like her, waiting for a women-only car. Many were men.

“In the past, there would be workers trying to tell them and remind them repeatedly: ‘This is a women-only car,’” she said. “But all these men still want to rush over. They really are uncivilized.”

The women-only subway cars are in many ways a metaphor for China. It is a country with too many laws but, in many areas, too little enforcement. The government bans gender discrimination but does not define what it is. Those who complain risk getting punished. As a result, women who have been sexually harassed rarely file police reports. Offenders are almost never brought to justice.

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The designated subway cars — two at the back of the line — are meant to be in effect only on weekdays and during the morning and evening rush hours. The doors for those cars are labeled “women cars” in pink Chinese characters and festooned with illustrations of blossoms.

Critics in China say they serve only as a distraction from the real problem of male attitudes there.

Female commuters in China have long complained that some men take advantage of the packed trains to cop a quick feel.

More than half of women surveyed by the state-run China Youth Daily newspaper in 2015 said they had experienced “inappropriate touching” on public transportation in China.

Jane Zhao, 25, a human resources executive in an e-commerce company, said a man once groped her chest on the subway.

“But because there were so many people, you don’t know who did it, so it’s difficult to call anyone out,” she said, adding that she had heard similar stories from her colleagues. “You don’t dare to make a scene in the car.”

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Post time 2018-3-11 14:47:44 |Display all floors
Strict enforcement should be carried out. Fine the men 500 yuan or more on the spot. Get the police to station there to prevent any hassle.

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It is the same problem with Class 3A hospitals, patients and their families should not be the troubles. It is not a problem of order, but that of demand and supply.

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Post time 2018-3-13 15:26:17 |Display all floors
Not surprised at all, coming from a woman poster fighting for women's special privileges without due regard to the needs of the travelling public!  
When there is hardly any standing room for commuters, it is insane to reserve cars just for women!  That is gender discrimination, discrimination against male passengers!  The issue of being groped in the cars is but an excuse by women to demand special privileges at the expense of other commuters!  
The solution is to guard against molestation, of enforcing the law against molest, not denying all male passengers their right to travel in those cars when they have paid their fares like the women!!

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