Seats on public transportation are first come, first serve. Unless a person is obviously elderly, handicapped, or hugely pregnant, I don't think they should expect anyone to give up a seat for them. And if you are one of the above, it doesn't hurt to offer a smile and say, "I'm sorry if this sounds presumptuous, but I have _____ condition and would really appreciate it if I could sit down for a few minutes."
But really, I still see chivalry everywhere. Men open doors for me, offer to carry my groceries, seat me first at a restaurant.......and I like it. But I also welcome it. I don't give off the vibe of being an "independent woman" who doesn't want any help. I offer a smile, look them in the eye, and thank them.
at 6:10 PM on May. 4, 2011