Do Pregnant Women Deserve Your Bus Seat?

A fantastic commercial out of Australia features a pregnant woman on a bus who takes matters into her own hands when nobody offers her a seat.

She bops the man ignoring her belly in the head in order to get him to surrender after her light taps with her belly fail to get him to move.

It's funny (like everything else) because it's true.

Pregnant women do have a lot of trouble getting seats on the buses and subways in cities, but the question is always: do they deserve them?

See the video here:


When I was pregnant, I became very indignant quite a few times, believing I was owed a seat. I may very well have done what the woman in this video does.

At the time, I was still running about four miles a day and still in great physical shape, but it was less about that and more about 1.) Safety. My baby was safer if I was seated and 2.) Common decency. Where has chivalry gone?

OK, some men might be afraid to offer their seat to a pregnant woman for fear that she's fat, not pregnant, but generally speaking, the difference is pretty obvious. Besides, it's just common courtesy. 

Do pregnant women deserve special treatment? No. Not necessarily. But it does seem that a society without manners is a society that isn't a very nice place in which to exist. It isn't about entitlement or obnoxious expectations, it's about common decency, chivalry, and compassion for a fellow human.

I hold the doors for people, offer my seat on the subway to the elderly and the pregnant, and lend a helping hand when I can. Not because the person thinks they deserve it. I do it because it's the right thing to do.

And because that's the kind of world in which I want to live.

Do you offer up your seat?


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