For those unaware of the new affliction affecting modern society, prepare to be educated. Many women and children have been forced to leave local trains and subways with tired legs and sore feet, due to standing for long periods of time on their journeys to and from work, school, the mall – wherever. Even worse, others have been left with a strange smell on their jackets or a crick in their necks, all because they’ve been flattened into a corner or forced to sit in obnoxiously close proximity to someone else. Why, do you ask, are these women and children facing such adversity on what should be a simple trip on local transport? It’s all down to one thing and one thing only – manspreading.
As defined by the folks at The Gothamist:
Knowingly or not, you have seen the phenomenon of “manspreading” in nature. You’ve probably been its unwitting victim. The slow (or rapid) creep of a knee into your own by a guy (indeed, it is always a guy) taking up more than his fair share of real estate on public transit.
The next time you get on the train, look down at your own knees—how far apart are they? If there’s space enough for a litter of puppies or a celebrity selfie group shot, you are taking up too much space. Pull it in. Don’t make us find you.
This ongoing disaster has been documented for the past few years here, and the Metropolitan Transport Authority of New York even launched an official campaign to spread awareness about the dangers of manspreading.
Gothamist reporter Lauren Evans has decided she’s tired of sitting back (or standing up in a corner, rather) and letting the problem flourish, and she’s doing something about it. She’s gone straight to the source (the men who spread) and asked them the hard hitting questions they may not want to face. Will we finally be able to control the rise of this ongoing issue?!
Watch what happens here: