During a recent segment on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, one of the correspondents did a story about a phenomenon known as Man-spreading. As usual the segment was hilarious, but it also made me think. I began to pay attention when I went to public places and yup – there it was – Man-spreading.
Sitting in my stadium seat to watch a basketball game, my husband sat on my right with his legs spread as wide as the seats would allow and on my left another man doing the very same thing. I looked down the row and I had to fight the urge to laugh out loud. Every single man had his legs spread wide apart and every single woman sat with her legs together.
Men will be happy to explain to you that they need more room for their …umm…male parts, but seriously how much extra room do they need? This has become such a problem for transportation providers in crowded cities that the NY transit authority actually created a campaign to remind men to be respectful. The slogan, “Dude, stop the spread please” can be seen on signs and billboard in New York.
Beyond just the anatomy differences, this idea of man-spreading also brings up a philosophical question, why do men feel more comfortable and confident in asserting their ‘space’?. Women rarely take up extra space. Are women just more conditioned to think of others? Does this inequality in space resemble the inequality in other aspects of our lives?
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