Madrid Cracks Down On ‘Manspreading’

Grace Carr | Reporter

Madrid has started a campaign against “manspreading” on public transit after ardent feminists convinced the city council that men splaying their legs to make room for their private parts is a terrible inconvenience.

The movement began after the group “Women at War” presented a petition with 10,000 signatures to Madrid city hall, the Telegraph reported Wednesday. “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 Alejandra de la Fuente, the leader of the anti-manspreading campaign.

Urban dictionary defines “manspreading” as, “The act of men spreading legs — particularly on a subway train — to create space for genitalia, which has come under fire by certain feminist-leaners who insist the practice takes up too much room on crowded trains.”

Madrid’s EMT transport corporation unveiled a set of stickers depicting a male figure with his knees spread eagle, accompanied by the slogan “Respect others’ space.”

The Madrid council said that the new rule was aimed specifically at “male transport users [who] open their legs and occupy two places.”

Men have denounced what they feel is sexist persecution of the male gender on Twitter, and have vowed to manspread more aggressively in protest.

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