Supposedly, that’s the question on every commuter’s mind as they consider whether or not to offer their seat to a large woman on the bus. Because it would be SO embarrassing to offer your seat to someone who isn’t pregnant. This claim appears to be simply on the fact that lots of pregnant women don’t get offered seats.
As a once-pregnant woman who was never offered a seat even when she had to use a cane due to her knees dislocating, I call “bullshit”. Folks might have wondered whether I was pregnant or not. But they had no cause to wonder whether I needed a seat, and they still didn’t give me one. My take: simple selfishness. Human nature in action is not always a pretty sight.
Further evidence for my claim of “bullshit” is the fact that nobody offers a seat by saying “you look pregnant– would you like my seat?”. Instead they simply get up, or offer the seat without citing a reason. (Or at least that’s what I do– my experience of receiving such offers is limited.)
Thanks, Jender-Parents, for the therapeutically ranty break from marking!