Pregnant Woman Was Only Offered Subway Seats by Latina or Black Women

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Pregnant Woman Was Only Offered Subway Seats by Latina or Black Women

Until one man finally did it and she gave him a trophy.

Published March 9, 2017

Hey, we hate the NYC subway as much as the next guy, but you know who it's really a pain for? Pregnant women! 


Though we'd obviously hope pregnant women are accommodated on the train, it's not always the case. One brave woman dared to conduct a social experiment to evaluate human nature.

Yvonne Lin began experimenting during her first pregnancy after noticing the only people willing to give up their precious seats to a pregnant women were Black and Latina women. Like this woman is a vessel for human life, WYD, MTA customers??? Put some respect on her feminine abilities.

“I was getting no seats from men,” Lin said. “If I finally get a seat from a guy then I have to celebrate this some way and make sure he knows he’s appreciated.”

She then bought a “silly little card” to reward any man who offered his seat to her during her third trimester. No. Man. Offered. Their. Seat.

In her second pregnancy, Lin upped the ante. And so she began to carry around a bronze sculpture embossed with the text: "#1 DECENT DUDE. First man to offer subway seat to pregnant woman throughout Two Pregnancies."

I repeat: this pregnant woman carried around a BRONZE sculpture... in addition to the weight of oh, you know, CREATING A HUMAN. 

It was only at the eight-month mark that a guy got up. But this story does have a happy ending. 

“[A man] looked up at me and looked super startled and embarrassed, and he immediately stood up and said, ‘Please take this seat, I just noticed,'" Lin said.

Alas, we have a winner! Please feast your eyes upon the One Decent Man in NYC, below. Not all heroes wear capes, folks. 

Written by Lainey Sidell

(Photo: RuslanDashinsky/Getty Images)


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