nicolejb
2 years ago5,000+ Views
Let's Talk about 'Manspreading'
TNYPD reported arresting a man for 'manspreading' then when he was taken to the police station-- they found the man was also a wanted murder.
Tweeters read the story and it went wild --- "Manspreading kills!" they announced.

Does it really kill? Jokingly maybe, but here's why is ACTUALLY might kill...

I never really thought man spreading was a big deal. During my first month in New York, I learned that 'man spreading' is when men (especially on subway car seats) feel the need to spread their legs and take up a BUNCH of space.
Space that perhaps someone else could be sitting in.

Sure, it's annoying, but not life threaten. Right?

But it turns out man spreading might just be bigger than the space they are taking up. Blogger Mirah Curzer argues an important point:
"Manspreading is a manifestation of the belief that women are not allowed to take up space. It perpetuates a world order in which women’s bodily integrity is less respected than men’s. And that world kills women. If you think I’m making a mountain out of a mole-hill, just think about other struggles in which the right to occupy public space has featured prominently. Think of Rosa Parks. Think of “whites only” sidewalks and building entrances. Think of religious buses in Brooklyn with separate women’s sections in the back. For that matter, think of sit-ins and other forms of activism that use the presence of human bodies in public spaces to send important messages."

Alright community peeps. What are your thoughts on this issue? Is manspreading just an annoying little problem, or a bigger issue that we need to address?

Let's keep things respectful and listen to each others opinions and ideas!
55 comments
if there's space then OK but if there's not then they gotta stop; the second problem is that....their legs are too damn open like, have some decency
2 years ago·Reply
it does seem like a rude gesture. it's practically like a cat sitting on a person's pillow and asking, "I'm sorry, we're you sitting here? I'm worthy enough for a 3 people's worth of space for myself, thank you. "
2 years ago·Reply
This is something really hard to explain unless you've experienced it, but I see it on the subways in NY all the time. Women are practically standing on one foot to stay out of the way, while guys come in and it's clear they're not really thinking about anyone else. It's not really intentional, it's this subconscious idea that they're more entitled to space. Again, it's hard to describe unless you've seen it in action but it's something that comes up very frequently. The body language that people have is very different and this is just one example.
2 years ago·Reply
It all depends where your at. if it's really crowded train or bus or whatever that person is at then maybe you should have some decency to close your legs and give people some space. or if you need to get up to do it then do so. same thing with women and their pursues there is no need to put it next to you. You can put it on your lap. If you ask me is stupid and this is coming from a woman point of view. Both sex needs to have a whole lot more respect towards each other.
2 years ago·Reply
@nicolejb @Animaniafreak is totally right...our public transportation is as manspread proof as is possible
2 years ago·Reply
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