Yvonne Lin was eight months into her second pregnancy when she was offered a seat on the NYC subway by a man for the first time. (Yes, that means she went an entire pregnancy in NYC without ever being offered a seat by a man.) 38-year-old Lin had become so frustrated by the lack of courtesy she received during her first pregnancy that she turned her second pregnancy into a social experiment. She created a "Decent Dude" trophy which she carried around with her every day of her second pregnancy, ready to bestow it upon the first guy who offered her his seat. Finally, on March 6, she found her decent dude.
"I've been gradually coming to the conclusion that men suck. I didn't get a single subway seat offered to me by a man throughout my first pregnancy," Yin said in her Instagram post featuring the trophy and her winner. "So for the second pregnancy, I had this made and I've been carrying it around everyday - till last Friday. This guy is the winner!"
The trophy is funny and tragic all in one. Even though the recipient did a good deed, it's unfortunate that his half of the population had failed to offer common courtesy to a pregnant woman for almost two entire pregnancies. Plus, the title of the trophy is almost as uninspired as a "Most Team Spirit" award: "#1 DECENT DUDE. First man to offer subway seat to pregnant woman throughout Two Pregnancies."
If you're wonder which train is the least mannerly in New York, Lin told DNA Info that she "usually takes the A train during the morning and afternoon rush hours." But Lin hopes her social experiment will inspire others to be more proactive when it comes to helping out pregnant women. "If men just gave up their seats the same amount of time or similar [as women], then it would be no problem." Yeah, men, stop doing those experiments where you wear body suits that simulate the experience of being pregnant and just give up you dang seats!