A radical feminist is getting on a bus when, just in front of her, a man gets up from his seat. She thinks to herself, “Here’s another man trying to keep up the customs of a patriarchal society by offering a poor, defenseless woman his seat”, and she pushes him back onto the seat. A few minutes later, the man tries to get up again. She is insulted again and refuses to let him up.

Finally, the man says, “Look, lady, you’ve got to let me get up. I’m two miles past my stop already.”

Vocabulary Help

  • a few minutes later – alguns minutos mais tarde
  • again – novamente
  • defenseless – indefesa
  • get on a bus – entrar no ônibus
  • get up – levantar
  • I’m two miles past my stop already – Já passei duas milhas do meu ponto
  • keep up the customs – manter os costumes
  • poor – pobre
  • pushes him back onto de seat – empurra-o de volta para o assento
  • refuse – recusar
  • seat – assento
  • She thinks to herself – Ela pensa consigo mesma
  • try – tentar