Finally, a woman has refused to change seats on an airline to accommodate a sexist, religious request. As CBC reports:
Christine Flynn, 31, said she was buckled in and waiting for Porter Airlines Flight 121 from Newark, N.J. to Toronto to take off early on Monday morning when an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man approached.
The man made no eye contact with Flynn and instead asked men around her to switch seats. The men refused (good on them) and when the flight attendant asked Flynn if she would mind switching she explicitly refused! Flynn explains:
I have a problem with that. He [the flight attendant] probably, maybe, didn’t realize that asking a woman to move because the fact she had a uterus made the man next to her uncomfortable … I don’t think he even would have put it together that that’s kind of insulting and maybe even discriminatory….If someone had refused to sit next to me because I was gay and maybe they were some kind of old-school religion that doesn’t like gay people no one would have switched with him. It would have been off the table.
Good for her and I feel exactly the same way! I’m tired of bad behaviour being accommodated in the name of religion and I’m disappointed when people feel women should acquiesce to make these sexists comfortable.
If you’d like to read about similar incidents, Jerry Coyne has some good posts over at WEIT:
- Misogynist Jews on a plane
- Sexist ultra-Orthodox Jews continue to make trouble on planes
- Jews on a plane: A reader’s take