A girls’s retailer in Brazil has banned males to guard their shoppers from harassment.
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- The proprietor of a girls’s clothes retailer in Brazil has banned males from getting into her store, accusing them of creating untoward feedback at shoppers and staff within the retailer.
- “No males allowed,” reads the signal that Andrea Costa hung within the window of her retailer in a shopping center in Sao Jose dos Campos.
- “Ninety-nine % of males behave inappropriately, and it is unimaginable to inform which of them simply by taking a look at them. So that they’re all banned,” she mentioned.
Sick and bored with males harassing her shoppers and staff, the proprietor of a girls’s clothes retailer in Brazil determined to take issues into her personal arms and ban them from her store.
“No males allowed,” reads an indication that entrepreneur and mannequin Andrea Costa hung within the window of her retailer 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,” the signal provides.
On one other signal posted within the retailer asks males: “Please contribute to girls’s privateness and wait on the bench exterior the shop.”
Costa informed AFP she made the choice after numerous circumstances of males making untoward feedback and casting lascivious seems at shoppers and staff in her retailer, 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 males behave inappropriately, and it is unimaginable to inform which of them simply by taking a look at them. So that they’re all banned,” she mentioned 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 males behaving badly.
Males in her retailer typically tried to spy on girls within the dressing rooms, or greeted companions making an attempt on garments with strains equivalent to, “That appears horrible on you”, “You are not going out trying like that”, or “You are exhibiting your entire butt”, Costa mentioned.
She mentioned she beforehand tried luring males 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 mentioned she and her retailer had been the goal of aggressive feedback from males on social media, and one aggrieved male went to the shop to inform her off in particular person.
She is not backing down, she mentioned.
“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 mentioned.
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