If you have ever taken public transportation in a major city, and you have had the misfortune of sitting next to a man while you do it, it is almost certain that, during this experience, you have experienced something called manspreading. You know what that is, right? It looks like this:
— Rolanda (@RolliePolliePoo) May 30, 2017
A more advanced manspread. Please note that the subject is preventing me from sitting straight AND forcing me to take up less space. pic.twitter.com/HTFPejOM8x
— sh massissippi (@_thirst) June 9, 2017
Anyway, manspreading has been an issue for a while now, and many cities with heavily-used public transportation systems have taken some steps to try and minimize it–New York City’s subway system, for example, used to have signs in many subway cars that advised passengers not to manspread. And now, Madrid, Spain has taken this one step further by actually banning men from manspreading on its public transportation.
The city’s Municipal Transportation Company plans to do this in a way that’s actually pretty similar to New York’s method–by installing anti-manspreading signs in every bus and subway carriage alongside signs that tell people not to litter, smoke, and/or eat. This decision came after a months-long campaign by a feminist group in Madrid, called Mujeres en Lucha, that started a viral “#MadridSinManspreading” (#MadridWithoutManspreading) campaign on social media.
While this new policy is sure to encourage the rancor of those guys who always insist that, actually, men are biologically required to manspread (we’ve all met those guys and, if you haven’t, here’s a 2014 petition that prove they exist), on the whole, this new measure is basically just a way of ensuring that the people who use public transportation use it with some kernel of respect for their fellow passengers–which, on most public transportation systems, is just about all you can ask for.) Hopefully, this will influence other cities to do the same thing soon.
What do you think of this new law? Do you think it’ll work? Let us know in the comments!