There are so many perverts in Japan, this thing is actually necessary.
The article above is written by a white girl for other white girls living in Japan, but I’d say it applies to every girl on the street. Any female is at risk of being a victim of a sexual crime.
At first I was kinda cynical. Like, can’t the women protect themselves? There are so many passengers on the train, can’t they step in and help? After being a victim myself (twice, once on the street and once on the train), I realized it’s not that easy. Some acts are so subtle, you don’t even know how to ask for help.
So as a result, I’ve been taking the women-only carriages of late, and I absolutely HATE it when I see guys inside. Sure, it could be an innocent mistake, or some people just want to avoid the squeeze in other carriages because the women-only carriages are usually not so crowded (it’s not really a crime to enter the carriage as a male after all…), and they probably bear no malicious intentions, but it totally defeats the purpose of setting up such a system. I may be stating the obvious, but these guys have absolutely no idea what women have to go through.
Haiz. I love trains in Japan, I really do. But I hate it that women are objectified so much in Japanese society. I have also talked about how women are so clearly distinguished from men in another post. These make women stand out a lot and some guys with itchy hands can’t keep their hands to themselves…
In most societies, women are expected to dress well and look good, and when we do make an effort to do so (mostly out of our own vanity anyway), we get a lot of unwanted attention and stares. Nowadays, I’m just like yeah whatever you can see but you can’t touch. And if you do touch I’ll make sure that you regret ever having that hand. Seriously.