Watch: "If I want to, I'm a woman", a man refuses to leave his seat
A social media user records a man who refuses to leave the carriage reserved for women because he says that at that moment he feels like a woman.
Through Twitter, a video went viral where a man fakes his gender identity to stay inside the spaces reserved for women in the Metrobus of Mexico City. The video shows how the user argues with another woman who argues that he is not doing anything wrong by sitting in the reserved area.
According to the video posted on Twitter, it all started when the young woman asked a woman who was accompanied by her husband, for the man to leave the exclusive area for women because it is an area where men can neither stand nor sit.
Although the passenger told him that he could not remain seated there because the area was exclusively for women, the man did not move and the other woman began to insult her.
The man is my husband, we are family. Respect a family, you have no idea what that is, you had a mother and there was a bastard who helped you to be born, why don't you respect that, shut up, you have no idea what a family is," said the female passenger who was traveling with her husband and children.
After this, the man finally spoke and, in a mocking tone, argued that "There is a thing called 'right of free expression and one is free to choose what one wants to be, if I want to be a woman at this moment I will be. I am a woman," thus faking her gender expression to stay there.
Twitter users have recognized the woman's courage to face this situation and mentioned that this type of mockery should not be tolerated, since it is a daily situation that men do not respect exclusive spaces and even respond violently when a woman points out their fault.
According to Mexico City's Mobility Law, men are prohibited from traveling within exclusive zones for people with disabilities, children under 12 years of age, and women. If a man travels in the exclusive space he could be subject to a fine, arrest, and community service.
On the other hand, Maria Pia Fontana, collaborator of the UOC's Master's Degree in City and Urban Planning, points out that the gender perspective is important as a necessary approach before city design projects, but it does not solve structural aspects.