armchair etiquette

Dear people who frequent the Borders on Kirby at Alabama (or any other large bookstore that provides armchairs so that you may freely enjoy their wares before/without purchasing them): no fair dropping your armloads of crap in a chair to “save” it and then abandoning it for half an hour at a time whilst you dodder off to find reading material or go to the bathroom or whatever the hell it is you’re off doing. Especially when a nursing mother (whose back and Cesarean incisions are killing her) is in desperate need of that seat for a brief ten minutes in order to feed her baby. YOU try sitting on the hard as hell benches in the children’s section while holding a twelve pound bundle to your chest without any sort of back or arm support (not to mention surviving the glares of parents who seem to resent you for baring your breast in front of their impressionable young children–because, why should they want their children realize that this is what breasts are FOR?). So, may I suggest that you prospective chair-hogs a) FIRST, go collect your reading material, go to the restroom, and/or do whatever the hell it is you need to do BEFORE locating and settling into an armchair; and b) if you see woman carrying a crying baby, or a pregnant woman, or anyone else who seems to be desperately looking for a seat, kindly surrender it to her/him as an act of compassion. Thanks, and have a nice life.

6 Comments so far

  1. Steve Love (unregistered) on February 8th, 2005 @ 12:42 pm

    Yikes… Yes, ma’am.

  2. banjo jones (unregistered) on February 8th, 2005 @ 8:07 pm

    if you’re in that bad a shape, you really should consider staying home, if at all possible.

  3. brian (unregistered) on February 9th, 2005 @ 9:54 am

    Trixie – equal rights means you have the right to stand just like the guys or anyone else who gets to the store to find all the seats taken! What makes you think you are part of a priviledged class? If you have back problems, stay at home and let your loving husband find books for you. And if other people find your breast-feeding inappropriate perhaps it’s because you’re exposing yourself vice feeding your child.

  4. An Idiot for Arguing on the Net (unregistered) on February 9th, 2005 @ 10:26 am

    Brian – Trixie’s post (the way I read it) has nothing to do with equal rights. She’s simply asking you to show a little kindness while she’s recovering. If she were hobbling around after knee surgery, would you still make her stand just like anyone else? If she were an elderly man or woman, would you make her stand just like anyone else? I’m sure if you were in her situation, you wouldn’t want to sit around at home either, so cut her some slack.

  5. digit (unregistered) on February 9th, 2005 @ 4:19 pm

    well apparently houston men have never heard of chivalry(excluding you steve), or are to self absorbed to care…

    Trixie, you can have my chair anytime, id sooner sit on the floor than next to the callous jerks in this town.

    as for breastfeeding… if you consider that exposing yourself then i would warn you not to ever turn on your tv ever again, or go to a dance club, or a swimming pool, i think there might be a petting zoo somewhere in town you can go, oh wait those animals have their parts all hanging out too… for shame

  6. HOUDOG (unregistered) on February 12th, 2005 @ 10:51 pm

    OUCH… talk about your blanket statements… On behalf of the men of Houston, I would like to disagree with your claim that “houston men have never heard of chivalry.” And adding me to your exclusion list is not enough here… just because one guy isn’t considerate and someone else comes on here to start a flame war is no reason to condemn all of Houston’s males. I know a heck of a lot more who would have given up the seat in a second than wouldn’t.

    We deserve to be called names often enough without these unwarranted attacks… :)

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