Recent research shows that a whopping 41% of English men will not stand up on a bus for a pregnant woman in case she isn't actually pregnant.
"Such a shame," I uttered to Husband dearest, "I think it's nice for a man to offer his seat to a woman pregnant or not."
His reply "A bit of a mind-field really as you are just as likely to be told to 'go away' (or words to that effect) and called a patronising 'so-and-so' (once again I'm being polite) as you are to be thanked."
But then I recalled an instance a few years ago when Husband dearest offered his seat to a rather elderly woman. His thanks? Certainly not a "thank you" - he was rewarded with a 'clout' to his ankle by said woman's walking stick and the words "Do you think I'm so old I'm not capable of standing and need (looking him up and down as if he was something nasty she'd stepped in) the likes of you to give me your seat?"
My point? Despite what many would have us believe, I think there are more gentlemen out there then we think, many of them are simply scared of doing the 'wrong thing' and being accused of being a sexist pig (why a pig I'll never know. Why not a sexist sheep or a sexist horse? Are pigs particularly sexist animals? You tell me.)
Anyway, today being FATHERS DAY (which incidentally only started to be celebrated in the early 20th century) I thought I'd say a big thank you to all the decent men out there.