New Legislation Will Make Subway Fondling a Felony (Because It Wasn't Before That?)
You may have heard what has been called "subway grinding." On the subway, there is a sign that warns, "Sexual harassment is a crime in the subway, too. A crowded train is no excuse for an improper touch." The inclusion of the "too" in the first sentence always confused me; are we to assume that once you go underground, all rules of morality are tossed out the window? As if we needed to be reminded that the subway platform is not a wasteland of ethics and actual law and order does exist on those tracks.
"The current law says it's only sexual violation if the woman is being restrained physically. But listen to what happens on the subways every day. A woman literally can't move. There's too many people in the subway, you can't even move, even if something horrible is happening. So it is the same effect as being held down."
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