Stop the “Manspreading,” Say Madrid, NYC and Other Cities

ManspreadingThe first time I heard the term “manspreading” was a week or two ago on social media. For those who don’t know, “manspreading” is just what it sounds like: when a man spreads his legs when he sits. I guess it’s been a thing for a few years. New York City, Japan and other cities and countries have been trying to put a stop to it, on public transportation most of all.

According to this New York Times article, “commuters in Madrid are the latest global denizens to fight ‘El Manspreading,’ that scourge of crowded buses and trains. This month, public transportation officials in the Spanish capital are telling passengers to, literally, keep their knees together instead of letting them drift apart.” The Madrid campaign has an image of a little red figure with legs splayed, taking up two seats, with the universal slash-mark across it.

On NYC subway trains, the practice is discouraged by MTA etiquette notices, as well. There was even an alleged “manspreading” arrest in NYC (though that is unconfirmed). I guess I’ll be more mindful next time I “manspread.”



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1 Comment on "Stop the “Manspreading,” Say Madrid, NYC and Other Cities"

  1. Georgia Jessup | June 21, 2017 at 9:43 pm | Reply

    Please do not accept the “manspreading” explanation and telling men to sit with their knees together. That’s how guys are! This is really the feminizing of men, trying to change the male characteristics to those of females. Is occurring many ways in society today.

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