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Bradley Jay: ‘Is It Sexist To Give Up Your Seat To A Lady?’
The train is packed with commuters and just about to pull out of the station when a straggler jumps on. It is a woman, huffing and puffing from her dash down the platform to get aboard the train before the conductor blows the whistle.
There was a time when a man would fall allover himself to be the gallant one that sacrificed his seat so that the lady might relax, but on this day no one moves.READ MORE: Natick elementary school custodian saves student choking in cafeteria
If you had been a man in that train car, would you have offered you seat to this woman? If you had been that woman, would you have expected a man to offer you his seat?
Does the act of a man giving ceding his seat to a woman signal a sexist bias based on the notion that woman are the weaker sex, or is it merely an act of civility; something we could use a little more of?
Further, is the very word “lady” a sexist term imbued with expectations of old-school feminine behavior, and therefore obsolete?MORE NEWS: Boat, RV owners brace for higher gas prices this summer
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