MY TRAIN SEAT FOR YOUR VOTE
In these days of so-called equal opportunities, it seems to me that some women are adopting an à la carte approach to women's rights and civil equality, asserting their rights when it suits them and reverting back to another century when it doesn't.
Every day I commute on the train from Fife to work in Edinburgh. And every day the train is packed to capacity with scores of passengers being forced to stand due to the chronic shortage of carriages.
This is always a stressful and uncomfortable experience for everyone but is usually accepted by millions of Britons as part-and-parcel of the daily drudgery of commuting.
Last week, however, events took a nasty turn when I was angrily harangued by a 30-something female passenger, for not doing the "gentlemanly thing" and giving up my seat.
My response: "You're joking, aren't you? What? You want my seat and the right to vote? Forget it."
This was not well received and resulted in other female passengers interjecting and saying how rude I was.
Can I be alone in finding this hypocrisy astonishing? Why should I give up my seat to someone solely on account of their gender?
Have these women never heard of the suffragettes? Do the phrases "women's liberation" and "sexual equality" mean anything to these women?
Like many men, I often give up my seat for passengers who have a genuine need - pregnant women, elderly, and visually impaired passengers, for example.
But give up my seat purely because someone is female? Dream on.
Am I being selfish, insensitive, ungentlemanly or unchivalrous? No. In sticking to my guns I'm standing up for equal rights, of course.
It seems to me that these complaining women are the same verbose characters who would are the first to sound off about women's rights and equality of opportunity on issues like equal pay, equal pensions and such like.
No 'special rights'
I'm all for equal rights. But not special rights. People like this want to have their cake and eat it.
But, I suppose, being a member of THE most discriminated against minority (white, middle-aged, heterosexual males) that my opinion will be dismissed as male chauvinist claptrap.
It was interesting that as I was leaving the train at Edinburgh, a number of fellow passengers who had witnessed this exchange, commented in passing: "Well said, mate", "Good on you, pal."
Guess which gender they were.
It's your choice ladies; my seat on the 0755 from Dunfermline in exchange for your right to vote. You can't have both.
Personally I give up my seat to the elderly or infirm, but not pregnant women in case they're not really pregnant.