"Rub against me and I’ll expose you." Ah, if I had a dime for every time I’ve heard that in Boston’s subway system. Today, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority officially unveils a campaign aimed at combating sexual harassment on the T. The ads use provocative headlines. Frankly, the way they herd us in like proverbial cattle most days, it’s pretty tough to avoid some degree of unwanted human contact. Usually it’s an elbow or briefcase in the face. Some guy once smacked me in the nose with his cellphone. If it had been an iPhone, I wouldn’t have minded. It was a Samsung. There’s one sure way I know to deal with sexual harassment on a packed Boston commuter train. If someone’s hands stray where they shouldn’t, just point at him or her and scream, “Yankee fan! Yankee fan!” They won’t give you any more trouble after that.
—Posted by David Gianatasio