From BBC news: Equal rights take a back seat.
I find myself in agreement with the premise of the initial objection… The woman was unreasonable (but is that because she’s a woman or that she’s just an unreasonable person?). (And let’s not forget this was on a First-to-breakdown-Scotrail overcrowded commuter train, where tensions tend to be higher than the norm.)
I want equal rights for women, and with that comes equal responsibility. I don’t see why men *have* to be sole breadwinners anymore (in a heterosexual relationship…); every couple should come to an agreement that does not depend on the old gender roles.
I don’t expect a man to open doors for me (and am still very unsettled by the way some men *refuse* to let me open doors for them, to the extent that they reach past me to hold the damn door even though I’ve already opened it… trying not being churlish here, but there comes a point where it feels ridiculous). I’d give my seat up on a bus/train for anyone, man/woman/indeterminate of whatever age if they looked uncomfortable standing.
But at the same time, I find myself vaguely unsettled by the bloke’s reasoning:
“You’re joking, aren’t you? What? You want my seat and the right to vote? Forget it.”
What the hell has the right to vote have to do with it? Now he’s just being a bit of a dinosaur…
But we should consider his reaction: a little more vehement than I would expect. Are we (modern females, that is) ostracising men? Are they frustrated? The writer of the BBC piece considers himself a minority:
But, I suppose, being a member of THE most discriminated against minority (white, middle-aged, heterosexual males) that my opinion will be dismissed as male chauvinist claptrap.
Is that his perception? Or is it real? Are men discriminated against? By who? Other men? Women? As a female, I know that discrimination against women in the workplace is very much alive and kicking. It gets worse the higher up the hierarchy you go. Is this the same for men? Or is it that they see policy makers publically favouring women with tax breaks or maternity leave for having children? While it may look one-sided, my very biased opinion is that these measures are only slowly narrowing the gap. The Bridget Jones and Carrie Bradshaws they may imagine when they think of modern women don’t really exist in RealLifeTM.
What next? Will men take to the streets in protest?