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Sexual Harassment Leads to Women-Only Subway in Seoul

Society & Culture  (tags: abuse, women, south korea, seoul, harrassment, safety, society )

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WOMEN-ONLY subway carriages will be reintroduced in South Korea's capital to try to curb sexual harassment of female passengers.

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Yvonne Mendes Siblini (218)
Wednesday October 31, 2007, 4:40 am
Cudnt they find a way to educate people?

Davida P (283)
Wednesday October 31, 2007, 9:54 am
If half of all subway crime is this type of harrasment, they have to do something to stop it. Then they can try education, but they have to break the pattern of behavor before they are going to get these men to listen.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday October 31, 2007, 1:07 pm
the leaders of that country need to make the rules and stand by them, women in those counters are so disrespected, the women need to take their own stand. start wearing stilettos. and stick that 8 inch sharp stilettos heal in the a mans most dreamy place. women stand up and say these stilettos will not just walk over you if you touch me. they will kill you. noted! some times you have to defend yourself no one else will. in there case no one cares.

Eduardo L (101)
Thursday November 1, 2007, 11:24 am
Princess, I believe that all the leaders of that country are men, and those serving in the justice department are also men.

Davida P (283)
Thursday November 1, 2007, 11:31 am
Princess, if women did that they would be put in jail or worse.

Cindy S (0)
Thursday November 1, 2007, 11:56 am
This is a great idea!!! I hate taking the bus in Raleigh NC, even the bus drivers are rude; you can't get help from most oy the bus drivers. Also, most of the people at the bus stop or on the bus I'd rather never have to see or talk to; so I have gotten better at just avoiding them.; before I did not know any better because I was taught to accept different people and be nice to everyone. Think God I know better now. I used to think it was common courtesy to say good afternoon or something to that effect; however people do not take just a friendly hello as just common courtesy. So, I just ignore them now. I am sorry about this new attitude regarding "mixing" because you would think if you talk to someone of a different race, or the same sex, or much older than you they will assume you are just using common courtesy and do not mean anything by it so you would think they would be safe to talk to in just a friendly mannor. However, unfortunately with this new attitude of "mixing" people think you have other intentions or they take it the wrong way and I resent it. So, I just avoid people as much as possible; normally I would not have wanted to talk to them in the first place; I just felt sorry for them waiting for the bus by themselves. So, I just ignore them and if they approach me I turn away and hope they do not try to approach me again. Unfortunately, I'd never have a way to get where I need to go otherwise. Also the bus sops are not safe, there are less stops in certain neighborhoods and no sidewalks. The busses around here are a severe case of reverse discrimination. Regardless, I think Seoul has a great idea!!!!

Past Member (0)
Thursday November 1, 2007, 11:59 am
my point made. its about time women of that country take a stand. they are treated like dirt beneath there feet . so whats the point? i say stand up and start kicking!!!. better idea!!!! women get out of Dodge. they are dame if they do. and dame if they don't. so dame and go to jail for trying. just my opinion! i work in short stay at the hospital, i had a patient who had to have minor surgery on her foot. she was from India. the Sergent was from india but work in the U S. when her sugary was over i went to get the wheelchair and the doctor yell at her and said you will walk ! no chair!!! her foot was sore she was medicated & the hospitals policy is when a patient is discharge we are to escort the patient by wheelchair for the safety of the patient. if she would have walk she would have had 6flights of stares. he even told her not to use the elevator i was uncomfable with the doctor dictating orders about safety , so i call my supervisor and explained the situation. she came right over .i told her i'm not going to be held responsible if some thing happens to this lady. she told me i was right. the doctor was written up for his neg & careless treatment of a patient. respect given to all. this is my opinion .

Cindy S (0)
Thursday November 1, 2007, 12:09 pm
However, I am worried about he decent men who may ride the busses. We need to organize according to degree of politeness and mannor rather than sex because there are probably men that do not want to be subject to such types either. For instance, regarding the busses here in North Carolina there are mostly a ceratin type I do not want to be subject to; however there are women I do not want to be subject to either.

Rhonda M (10)
Thursday November 1, 2007, 12:30 pm
I don't think a woman should have to stab someone with a shoe or otherwise "stand up for" themselves every... single... day, when they're just trying to get from point A to point B on a subway car. You know how physically and emotionally draining that would be? Korean women aren't terribly aggressive. This is a different country, and their social structure and culture isn't typically North American, so it's not fair to hold them to the same standard. If having a couple women-only cars on the subway curbs the problem and gives some people piece of mind, I don't see the problem. Might be simpler than turning the country upside-down.

Past Member (0)
Thursday November 1, 2007, 4:54 pm
your point well taken. all respect given peace & light

Ali Hirst (286)
Thursday November 1, 2007, 8:29 pm
Wow this caused a discussion too. You better all come live in Australia as here we have police riding our buses in plain clothes so no-one has any idea if they are on the buses or not..they get free rides to and from work, Thats how they fixed our safety here..and it works, and also on the trains we have both Police and Security riding the trains but they are mostly in uniform, but they can get on at any station and you never know when they will be there...they have Rail Police here, and that is their job, to ride the trains and check everyone has the same time providing secure environments

Nuraini A (41)
Friday November 2, 2007, 1:06 am
i do agree with rhonda. why should the women have to be ready to defend themselves every single day? when they may already be tired from work and so on. besides, if there are any men who feel slighted over being made to go to another car, well, sorry! these men - where were they and what were they doing when the women were being harassed? why didn't they step in to protect the women, if they're so decent and polite? so, to me, since they allowed it to happen and get to this stage, then they should shut it. in order to get a decent society, it's not just women who have to put in effort to protect themselves. men are part of society too - what, should they just reap the benefits without having to do any of the civic responsibilities?

Ali Hirst (286)
Friday November 2, 2007, 1:29 am
Yes Nuraini, I agree too. But obviously there is a lack of Gentlemen in Seoul or they would not be resorting to this is almost going back to the 19th Century where men and women were segregated...

Teresa del Castillo (1519)
Sunday December 2, 2007, 12:30 pm
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