Listen up, ladies. If you’ve been looking for love in all the wrong places, you might want to consider paying more attention on your morning commute. Katy Waldman of Slate noticed that when someone new gets on the train, they almost always decide to sit next to her. So, she took a survey and found that everyone, men and women alike, gravitate towards an empty seat next to a woman on public transportation. Some said they’ll pick sitting next to a woman to gain the extra leg room. Others said they feel ladies are less likely to be homophobic. But whatever the reasoning, the bottom line is that women are pretty great to sit next to!
“Of those who vote women with their butts, a few cite the comparatively slighter physiques. Other reasons were more insinuating: a belief that women won’t retaliate if disturbed, for instance, or that they are more inclined to share. Ladies don’t ‘throw their weight around,’ someone ventured. They are ‘socialized not to take up too much room,’ and are less likely to be ‘a horrible jerk’ or ‘a talkative chatterbox’ or ‘disrespectful’ or ‘dicks.'”
Instead of being annoyed by this revelation, why not embrace it? Think about it. Everyone who gets on the train wants to sit next to you. They think you’re the ultimate train companion. Plus, there’s always the chance that the cute guy you see on your morning commute every day might just get on the train first tomorrow and sit next to you.
And once you’ve found that special public transportation someone and you no longer want anyone to sit next to you, you could always spread yourself out really wide, talk loudly to whoever will listen, and make jerky comments about everyone around you. There, problem solved.