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Susan Cox is a feminist writer and erstwhile academic in Philosophy. Follow her @Blasfemmey. Got tips? Email us.

Susan Cox
Susan Cox

Susan Cox is a feminist writer and academic living in the United States. She teaches in Philosophy.

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  • Ellesar

    When I saw the ‘escort’ ads it immediately reminded me that bus stops were a place I felt VERY unsafe as a teen and young woman as it was not uncommon to be kerb crawled whilst waiting to get home from work. So this company appear to have done their homework and know that sleazy men hang around bus stops looking for women to treat as prostitutes, and yes, make feel unsafe.

    That anything should get in the way of their sad boners is apparently unthinkable.

    • Waiting for buses as a young woman was the worst! It’s so awful if a man creeps on you, because you’re stuck there. You can’t walk away, or you might miss the bus. In that position, the LAST thing you need is a big gleaming beacon reminding him of his sexual entitlement to women’s bodies.

  • My first reaction to those revolting bus shelters wasn’t danger. It was rage. Women don’t wait for buses? The ones who do matter as much as a dog, apparently. Maybe I’d like to wait for a bus without in-your-face garbage shouting at me that selling women is sooo profitable.

    (So, no, equal opportunity bus shelters with pinup males for sale wouldn’t help. I want the slave markets to close, not expand.)

    • lizor

      I’m counting on some creative defacing of those ads. Fucking reign of terror.

    • Nessie Dot

      Those ads are indeed disgusting. Governments should do more about the objectification of women, especially when it’s so obvious and shamelessly open.