*today's post title brought to you by the fantastic movie "The Cutting Edge".
Okay, let's settle this once and for all. YES, if you are an able-bodied person, you should offer up your seat to someone who is female/older/more frail/managing small children/carrying a large number of packages, while on a train/bus/in a crowded room/at church/etc. I don't give a rat's ass where you are, but if there are no empty seats in the place and someone walks in who either NEEDS it more than your or SHOULD BY RIGHT get to sit down before your lazy bum, offer it to them.
If someone ever offers you their seat, do not get offended. Do not think "Do I look old?", "What's their motivation...?", "Does that man think just because I am a woman I need to sit down more than he does?". SERIOUSLY people. Can't we just accept a nice gesture for what it is? If people would start giving total strangers a break every now and then, maybe this cold, hard world would start being a sweeter place to live in.