The Moscow Metro's request to give up seats to all women without exception, as well as the subsequent petition against discrimination against male passengers, split society into two opposite camps: while some defend the priority right of women to seat, others do not agree that women should be given a seat solely on the basis of gender.
Earlier, Nikita Orlov's petition appeared on the change.org website. He demands to change the text of audio announcements in metro cars - if earlier passengers were asked to give up their seats to pregnant women, in the new edition the word “pregnant” has disappeared. Now, according to the subway, it is necessary to give way to disabled people, the elderly, passengers with children, as well as any women, not necessarily pregnant. The author of the petition considered this position to be discrimination against men and an insult to women themselves.
“An ordinary woman is not a disabled woman or a crystal figurine. You don't need all these sexist rules of "decency". A woman, like a man, is able to stand on the bus if there is no free space, and nothing like that will happen to her. A man, like a woman, can get tired and have the right to take an empty seat,”Ksenia Votintseva wrote in the comments to the petition.
Tamila Matveeva agrees that men and women should be equal.
An active discussion of the published petition also developed in RIAMO's social media accounts.
“If a person is healthy, does not carry another person in his stomach, then, accordingly, he should not have any advantages. Men, too, can get tired, work in several jobs, they can be sick. Stop being infantile,”wrote Anastasia Pokrovskaya.
According to Elena Tvorovskaya, men already give way to women when they can and have such a desire. However, this should not be a man's responsibility.
“Actually, I am a healthy person, able to stand. Women are shouting about equality at every corner and then everyone owes them everything,”the user is sure.
Alexandra Teliyants believes that the offer to sit in the transport can upset a woman, since it will be a veiled indication of her age.
“Of course, I’m not 21, but I don’t feel like an old woman either. I always refuse to sit down. Someone needs this place more than me,”said Teliyants.
At the moment, Nikita Orlov's petition on the change.org website has already collected more than 1,000 signatures.