Over the course of the past year or so, I’ve noticed an odd phenomenon on NYC mass transit. (I can’t say if this is true in other metro areas, never having commuted on any other mass transit system).
Picture those 4-seater sections of a Metro North train. There are two seats on each side, and the pairs face on another. There’s a man on one side and a woman on the opposite side, each with an empty seat next to him/her.
Inevitably—and I do mean every single time—when a third person boards the train & wants to sit in the “quad”, it’s the woman who is asked to shove over/move her stuff/make room. No matter what. Regardless of the gender of the third person.
Every. Single. Time.
Why? What is going on with this?!
Is it readily explained (women are on average physically smaller than men, for example), or is there some deeper societal implication here (women belong in binders & don’t deserve their own space)?
Thoughts? Comments? Am I just nuts?