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A group of ‘pregnant’ men who had an important message to impart the public boarded a Chinese subway train in the Sichuan capital of Chengdu on Saturday, to the surprise of a bunch of commuters.
The initiative was reportedly aimed to remind commuters to give actual pregnant women some space on the public transport, a courteous gesture somehow lost these days.
Taking a cramped Chinese subway train during rush hour is understandably not very convenient, especially for pregnant women. While allowing them the space is always seen as a chivalrous gesture, many simply opt not too. The “pregnant men” would like to convince people to consider being more open to being a bit nicer next time they encounter a pregnant woman on a train.
The four men who boarded the subway in Chengdu yesterday wore artificial bellies and white shirts with a printed message urging people to give the pregnant passengers some space.
The group was reportedly composed of all fathers-to-be who wanted the world to be more sympathetic and polite not only to their wives but also to all pregnant women in general, Scol.com.cn reported (via Shanghaist).
Onlookers gave the group a curious gaze, others smiling, while some took snaps and later posted on Chinese social media. While there were some frowning faces among those standing, the stunt was generally well-received.