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Friday, August 14, 2009

Copping a Feel on the Subway

The Look, MidtownPhoto by myself in Herald Square, around 33rd Street and Broadway.

Several police officers congregated on a street corner the other day.

For whatever reason, I've been seeing a lot more police presence here in the city. The other morning, several police officers stood in the subway station bearing Uzzis and police dogs.

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Recently in the subways, posters have been appearing regarding personal space.

Finally, sexual harassment in the subways has become an issue. Women are being encouraged to speak up if they're groped.

I've encountered some errant hands on the subway, and I'm sure most women have. When you're standing in tight quarters with nowhere to run, you're quite vulnerable. It's also easy to give people the benefit of the doubt and not realize you're being groped until much too late.

A full-fledged ad campaign is scheduled to take place underground in September. You can read more about it here.

Related posts: Policing the Subway, Code Yellow and Heigh-Ho.

7 comments:

Leif Hagen said...

Great monochromatic photo, Kitty! It's like the scene is from an old cop tv show! Your cops and horses snap yesterday was awesome, too! Giddy up! Regards from EAGAN daily photo

B SQUARED said...

What is it with society that we are producing more and more perverts?

Karen said...

I love the photos in black & white and I agree with Leif, yesterday's horse photo is awesome.

BANJO52 said...

I agree with Leif and Karen. I also notice that everyone is looking in different directions. Somehow there must be a theme in that. I'm trying to title it, but I'm coming up blank so far. Cool shot, Kitty.

Virginia said...

Great shot. Guess I was lucky in Paris metro. No gropers. Then again I'm pretty sure they weren't looking for the likes of me!
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Eve said...

I was seriously pumped while on the subway many years ago. It's such a violating feeling. I moved away from the guy and said very loudly "Excuse Me!?" Everyone looked at him and he started laughing, but laughing at me. I should have taken his picture with my cell phone and sent it into the NY newpaper as pervert alert.

Andrea said...

I got groped on the London underground once.... it's difficult, because you want to give the benefit of the doubt to people, and think it's only because of the crowds, but you can definitely tell a groper apart from someone whose hand just accidentally got pushed on your bum, mainly because they remove it immediately. Unlike a groper... :-S