http://www.xojane.com/issues/feminism-men-practical-steps I have 2 questions: 1. I am particularly interested in people's thoughts on #4 (the red example): Examples: If a seat is available on public transit next to a man, take that seat rather than one next to a woman. If you are walking outside in the dark close to a woman walking alone, cross the street so that she doesn’t have to worry someone is following her. If a woman is standing alone on a subway platform, stand some distance away from her. 2. As I read each item, I am struck by the thought: women are fighting for independence, yet many items in that list provide an opportunity for a woman to do something about the situation, to assert herself, to prove her independence, but men are expected to "fix" the situation for her? eg: if she feels uncomfortable, why doesn't the woman cross the street instead? if he follows her, she knows now, right? I have selected a specific example for discussion and as a thought experiment. The other problems I had with the crossing the street example included: what if I am about to turn down a side-street soon, what if there's another woman on the other side of the road, etc. ETA: I am specifically interested in what people think about saying: men should do this, men should do that, to "solve" or "fix" situations where women can do exactly the same thing themselves. It seems to me this is I dunno, disempowering?