Madrid has moved to ban ‘manspreading’ on its public transport system after feminists convinced the city’s left-wing council that men invading the space of others with their splayed legs was a problem that needed to be tackled.
I refuse to non-ironically use the word “manspreading.” It’s a classic example of 21st century SJW lingo, much like “gender fluid,” “pansexual,” “triggered,” “microaggression,” and “safe space.”
Madrid’s EMT transport corporation has unveiled a new set of stickers to be placed on all city buses including one of a male figure with his knees spread wide apart, accompanied by the slogan “Respect others’ space”.
This is not about space issues. Most men don’t take up an unreasonable amount of space when spreading their legs. It’s another effort to control men, as Dr. Helen Smith pointed out.
The change comes about after a group called Mujeres en Lucha (Women at War) launched a social network campaign against ‘manspreading’ and presented a petition signed by 10,000 people to Madrid city hall.
“It’s a question of culture. We women have always been told to occupy the least amount of space possible, and men haven’t,” said a leader of the anti-manspreading campaign, Alejandra de la Fuente.
I don’t remember ever being “told” to occupy the most amount of space possible. Men just do it. Likewise I doubt that women were ever “told” to occupy the least amount of space possible. They just do it.
But some men took to social networks to denounce what they feel is sexist persecution of the male gender.
“The MAN part of the word is out of order. I have seen women with handbags on other seats, lying back and spreading their legs like men…” Jesús Herraiz from Madrid said on Twitter.
“We believe that putting a name to and making visible these kinds of daily sexist behaviour that go unnoticed is the way ahead to become more aware, seeing what we used not to see and leaving inequality and machismo behind,” said Clara Serra of Podemos in presenting the motion.
Confirms that this is not about space issues. Liberal crusaders like Clara Serra know it’s a way to repress the “machismo”—i.e., masculinity— of men in the name of “equality.” They’re openly admitting as such.
For the record, most men don’t spread their legs in order to “exude masculinity” or “show women he’s the alpha in the room.” We do it because sitting with our legs close together is uncomfortable for our “boys,” if you know what I mean.
SJWs will seize any opportunity they can to stamp out what they think stands in the way of “progress” and “equality.” Even petty stuff like this.