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August 1, 2010 2:47 PM Subscribe
I saw a woman weeping on the subway and I did nothing. Was that the appropriate response?
posted by soonertbone to Society & Culture (84 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
I was taking the 1 train in lower Manhattan the other day around 6 pm. A woman sat down alone across from me and my friend. After a few stops, I noticed that she had begun crying. She wasn't listening to music or reading a book, she just spontaneously began sobbing and continued for a good five minutes or so.
My first instinct was to reach out to her and make sure she was ok. I feel like this would have been fine in the south, where I'm from. I didn't, though, because I didn't think it would go over so well in NYC. For the record, I wasn't trying to hit on her or anything, I just wanted to be kind and make sure she didn't need anything.
Men, what would you have done? Women, what would you have liked me to have done? Does gender even matter in this question?