Should You Give Up Your Seat for a Pregnant Woman?

posted: 09/20/16
by: TLCme

"NBD, able-bodied riders who won't give your seat to a GIANT preggo. I'll just stand riiiiight next to your head and pray I go into labor," the actress Tweeted.

When a very visibly pregnant Olivia Wilde rode the subway in New York recently, she noticed that none of her fellow subway riders would give up their seat for her.

While some agreed with Wilde, many Twitter users didn't, saying the wealthy actress should have taken a cab and that no one should give up their seat for her, because she chose to be pregnant and wasn't injured or disabled.

A photo posted by Olivia Wilde (@oliviawilde) on

While I am all for equality and feminism, what about common human decency? Having been a super-pregnant person in the not-so-distant past, I can say I took no pleasure in waddling around on my extremely swollen feet, despite "choosing" to have a child. I find a general lack of kindness in my own day-to-day life (think: cutting me off to get to the cashier in the grocery store while I have a crying toddler in my cart and I'm just trying to get out without a serious meltdown), so I try to offer that common courtesy to anyone I encounter, pregnant or not. I think we should all treat each other with a little more compassion, whether it be the single mom with three kids at the grocery store or the guy on crutches at the bus stop, or even, yes, the pregnant celebrity actress on the subway.