Sick and bored with men harassing her purchasers and workers, the proprietor of a women’s clothing store in Brazil determined to take issues into her personal arms and ban them from her store.
“No men allowed,” reads the signal that entrepreneur and mannequin Andrea Costa hung within the window of her store in a shopping center in Sao Jose dos Campos, a metropolis of 700,000 individuals within the southeastern state of Sao Paulo.
“Your pet is welcome,” it provides.
Another signal posted within the store, Mr Luxos, asks men: “Please contribute to women’s privateness and wait on the bench exterior the store.”
Costa informed AFP she made the choice after numerous circumstances of men making untoward feedback and casting lascivious appears at purchasers and workers in her store, together with when she and her workers would shoot pictures for on-line gross sales in a small studio contained in the store.
“Ninety-nine % of men behave inappropriately, and it is not possible to inform which of them simply by taking a look at them. So they’re all banned,” she stated by way of WhatsApp.
Costa, who has greater than 250,000 followers on Instagram, has tried to attract consideration to the issue of in-store sexual harassment by posting photos to the social community of men behaving badly.
Men in her store typically tried to spy on girls within the dressing rooms, or greeted companions attempting on garments with traces comparable to, “That appears horrible on you,” “You’re not going out wanting like that,” or “You’re displaying your complete butt,” Costa stated.
She stated she beforehand tried luring men away from the dressing rooms by providing beer and video video games, to no avail.
The ban has drawn backlash in Brazil, a rustic with a deeply rooted tradition of machismo.
Costa stated she and her store had been the goal of aggressive feedback from men on social media, and one aggrieved male went to the store to inform her off in individual.
She is not backing down, she stated.
“We girls all dream of an atmosphere the place we are able to attempt on garments and look within the mirror with out being harassed,” she stated. – AFP