Man refuses to give up train seat to women because 'they never do the same'
A male writer has asserted that he will no longer be giving up his seat on public transport to women as feminism has made the rules of chivalry "confusing".
During his appearance on the UK news and talk show Good Morning Britain, 45-year-old journalist Nirpal Dhaliwal said that a viral tweet wherein a woman criticized a man for helping her with her luggage made him question the point of chivalry.
Check out Dhaliwal's inflammatory comments in the video below:
The tweet Dhaliwal was referring to was from writer, Caroline Rothstein, who stated that a man pulled her luggage out of the overhead bin on a plane. She then reportedly stepped in to tell him "No, thank you,” which she claimed was a "calculated act of resistance".
"Firstly, if a woman is able-bodied, why should I? I mean you know, guys pay for the train ticket as much as women do," Dhaliwal said. "They have a long day at work, they’re knackered, and if she’s physically able, why should I give up my seat for her?"
Per the journalist, the "urge to be nice is there", but situations where "guys are getting their heads bitten off or getting an earful just for helping" is "confusing" for them.
Fellow guest, Noreen Khan, then stepped in to say that she would still be happy to accept help from men, despite being a feminist.
"A woman has never given up her seat for me, that’s even when I’ve had a football injury and I’ve been limping down the carriage," Dhaliwal retorted. "I’ve never had a woman pull out a chair for me, open a door for me, nothing."
People promptly took to Twitter to get in on the debate, with many pointing out that politeness is not the same as "chivalry". "I don’t think politeness should be confused with chivalry,” wrote one woman. "I’ve offered to help men and women alike with luggage on the stairs."
"Forget the word chivalry, it’s simply an act of kindness and courtesy - irrespective of the age, race or gender of either person involved," another corroborated.
A third added: "Hardly offensive and should be welcomed, rather than resisted surely?"
Dhaliwal did clarify, however, that he would give up his seat if a woman was pregnant, or had a health issue.