3 reasons why I do not offer my seat to woman passengers in MRT

I first rode the MRT 5 years ago and nothing had changed. There are still everyday rushing passengers, crowded train compartments and technical failures on the part of the MRT system maintenance. These things will always be a part of MRT’s operation if the government continues to not do anything. Well, another case to be debated.
Being one of the fastest means of transportation in Metro Manila, there is no doubt that people choose to ride on it even there are long queues everyday. After all, it can carry a number of passengers more than what 10 or 30 metro buses could which is a good thing. MRT is a heavy duty train. It is much smaller than LRT 1 and 2 but the capacity is larger. It never prompts with red light, “overloaded”.
Speaking of passengers, women seem to be the biggest crowd. Crowded train compartments with men bigger than them, women never get afraid. They, too, show their powers and strengths just to achieve the wish of everyone else in the platform – to ride on the train and arrive in their offices or school on time. And, this is one of the reasons why I do not offer my seat to them inside the train, if and only if I have the opportunity to get a space.
Below are my other reasons for not offering my seats to woman passengers in MRT

1. Women have their own train compartments.

MRTA designated the first compartments of the train exclusively for women, PWDs, pregnant women and those with children. MRT called it as segregation scheme. Although this is the case, women still choose to ride in MRT compartments for other passengers. This in turn creates more crowded compartment for all passengers. Add to this is that men take time not to hurt those women in their back or front. And there is a tendency that women passengers would get to experience things against their protection such as panghihipo and other malicious touches, voluntarily or involuntarily done. And who else would they blame? Aren’t the men? I am strict about the MRT’s segregation scheme and believe that women should ride where they are designated to.

But I see a main considerable case why women still ride on their not supposed to be train compartments:

The distance of the entrance/automatic gate to the compartments for women is few meters away in some stations such as Guadalupe station (NB) and Santolan Station (NB). Women would run to their designated compartments just to ride on the train, especially if they are running out of time or late.  The case is to ride on the first door/first compartment when they enter the station.

*This reason is only applicable to MRT. LRT has no strict segregation scheme.

2. Women are fighting for equality.

“Bigyang prayoridad sa pag-upo ang mga matatanda, buntis, may kapansanan at may mga dalang bata. Maraming salamat po”

This second reason is a serious matter. It is true that women are fighting for equality but some women do not know about it or they do not know that they are failing to do what they are fighting for sometimes or all times. First of all, the moment that a woman accepted a seat from a man seating while her standing, she already fails to practice equality. But why? The man is just concern about the woman standing. Filipinos are known for that. No. The woman just shows that she is weak because she couldn’t stand while riding and/or she couldn’t stand the ride. This is what might the man is thinking, too. That he must give his seat to the standing woman because he cannot accept to see that she is taking the ride so hard because of the ‘bumps’ and unexpected turns of the train.  Or that he must give his seat because it is very gentleman thing to do. You’re wrong, man. Offering a seat is not a gentleman thing to do until today. Gentleman thing to do is to help women achieve equality, in this case perhaps. Don’t you remember and memorize the italicized sentence above? There is no women in there. Although it is MRT’s idea, that segregation scheme is an absolute failure to equality or they are just practical about it. Anyhow, it’s inequality.

3. Everyone else is paying for a train ride.

Probably, this is my main reason why I do not offer my seat to women passengers except those in priority. I pay for a ride in MRT, why do I let others to sit in my seat? And it is a reason of first-come, first-to-sit basis. You cannot blame those passengers who sat first because they rode the train in Taft or North Edsa stations even you pay for a ride. Everyone spends 13 to 28 pesos. Everyone is equal at that point.


*I also do these things in buses.

4 Responses to “3 reasons why I do not offer my seat to woman passengers in MRT”
  1. Antonio Reyes says:

    Chivalry is dead

  2. azalee says:

    awesome opinions, but personally I’m not quite sure with the idea of equality being in this manner…bec does it mean that the man has to plummet his little acts of chivalry and valor? is it still equality when the man fails to do his ”manly acts”? hihi. la lang

    • Batman says:

      well, if chivalry started because of this “men are stronger than women” mindset, justified yung opinion niya :))
      the term “manly acts” pa lang is kinda sexist if you go by the same logic hehe :))
      so yeah :))

  3. Breadfish says:

    The machismo concept of “chivalry” itself is a big contributor to the gender divide. This gives women special treatment which goes against the feminist movement’s fight for equality. So long as “chivalry” exists, equality can never be truly attained. I can do this “chivalry” thing for women, yes it is nice, but so long as women are willing to do it also for men, and women acknowledge that there are men who need their help and that they have the capacity to do so (it goes without saying that men should acknowledge that asking women for help is not a blow to their dignity), then I can allow such “chivalrous” acts to happen. I agree completely with the writer.

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