Ok, deepboy, let me explain something about being a woman on mass transit.
Even in an enlightened place like, say, the US Midwest, in a city like Chicago, it is common for women to be groped during standing room only rush hour on the train or bus. By that I mean complete strangers grabbing buttocks and breasts or anything they can reach. And these jerks won’t stop even if you tell them to, if you confront them they deny it, and so forth. Basically there are men out there who feel entitled to touch women without asking and a woman has to watch out for them everywhere she goes in public. This is not something men have to worry about, by and large.
When sitting next to a strange man there is the continued possibility of groping, pinching, and other completely inappropriate touching, possibility facilitated by the man being able to conceal much if not all of it behind a seat back. Maybe YOU would never do such a thing but there are men out there who do, and they’re just as likely to be dressed in an expensive suite and impeccably groomed as they are to be shaggy bums dressed in rags.
The thing is these women can’t tell which you are. Creepers look just like all the other men. I’ve met bums stinking of booze who were nonetheless complete gentlemen completely respectful of boundaries even when drunk, and I’ve met cold sober executives who just did NOT understand women were not sex dolls put their for there pleasure but actual fellow human beings.
Even if a woman is not inappropriately touched far too many men view a woman taking a seat as an opportunity to try to talk the woman into having sex with them. Yes, that’s rather crudely put, that’s what it comes down to. Too many men who find nothing wrong with quizzing a complete stranger who happens to be female about where they live, whether they’re “taken” or not, what’s their phone number/e-mail/other contact info, can they talk to you later, can they date you, and just how married are you? They aren’t bothered by you cheating on your man so you should be OK with it, too, since it’s an opportunity to use their wonderful penis! As mentioned, sometimes men want to follow women when they get off the bus or train, which is seriously creepy and threatening as well. These same assholes would simply ignore a male stranger sitting next to them, or, if engaging said person in conversation, would not demand contact information, future meetings, or try to follow them home.
So, for a woman, since sitting next to another woman will almost never result in being molested, interrogated, or followed home sitting next to another woman rather than a man is nearly always the better choice. If she is even considering sitting next to you rather than alone or with another woman that’s actually a testament to how wholesome you do look.