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A little social anthropology for you now that I'm quite obviously pregnant. [20120719|20:53]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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Number of times I've boarded a packed Tube train in the past month: 14
Number of times I've been offered a seat: 8
Number of times I've been offered a seat by a female: 6
Number of times I've been offered a seat by a male: 2
Number of times I've been offered a seat by a male native English speaker: 0
Number of times I've been offered a priority seat intended for physically disabled/pregnant passengers: 0
Number of times someone has apologised for not noticing me earlier: 2
Number of times the apologetic person has been female: 2

Dear London, I do love you but you still don't do a great job of accommodating those who are less-than-fully-able-bodied. (Also, my feet are swollen by the end of the day, dammit. I have to walk a minimum of 5 km on my commute and I weigh 14 kg more than I normally do. And yes, I am wearing sensible shoes.)
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[User Picture]From: jixel
2012-07-19 22:08 (UTC)
Need a bar/pie chart lol. Or maybe a baby bottle infographic. Or middle finger
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[User Picture]From: impix
2012-07-20 07:24 (UTC)
I am not surprised. I am always getting up for people on the tube, I have say as well that I've seen a man do that only a hand full of times. Sad and shocking.
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[User Picture]From: gourou
2012-07-20 08:50 (UTC)
TIL: I am statistically female.
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[User Picture]From: nimoloth
2012-07-20 15:36 (UTC)
I was offered a seat by a lady on a reasonably quiet underground in London, but it was only one stop, so I declined but thanked her very much. But I haven't been on any other public transport with a lack of seats to be offered. Walking hurts, so I drive everywhere, but I'm trying to get some walking in every day to build up some (any!) muscles and stamina for the event, and to encourage things to get into the right position and get moving, as it were...
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[User Picture]From: thekumquat
2012-07-20 16:05 (UTC)
Interesting; it's usually young men who offer me seats, very rarely women. Men with their girlfriends are always a good bet!

I have no shame about asking for priority seats.
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[User Picture]From: becala
2012-07-22 16:37 (UTC)
Jenny Rose had to ask for seats on the bus. Don't know the best approach for England, but here in Seattle it worked for her to make a joke of it- "Hey everyone, I'm a little bit pregnant, does anyone want to let me have a seat?" or something like that.
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[User Picture]From: enterlinemedia
2012-07-22 20:30 (UTC)
I hope the bloke is giving your feet a good rub
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