Manspreading is annoying and obnoxious. Objectively, it is more comfortable to sit with your legs spread than kept close together, but it’s also more comfortable to p**s yourself if you need the loo; people just know better.
*Editor’s note – I couldn’t agree less with the above sentiment that peeing your pants is in fact more comfortable than using the toilet, in my now far too distant childhood I did have the occasional mishap, and having a wet crotch doesn’t feel all that fab. However, it’s a subjective matter so we’ll leave that line in there, but he’s wrong, oh so wrong.
With that said, the best antidote to manspreading is to sit next to a culprit and spread your legs to an equal or greater degree. Either that or just look at them and tut sometimes.
That’s basically all you can do. Manspreading isn’t illegal, it’s just rude – like taking/making a call on a train – and the kind of people to manspread when there are other people around aren’t the kind of people who learn. Basically, every act of resistance is futile.
And where it’s not futile, it’s illegal and not something you should do.
This comes after a 20-year-old Russian, Anna Dovgalyuk, took the issue into her own hands, and started pouring bleach on manspreaders on public transport. Funnily enough, she’s a law student, so you’d think she’d know better.
Her acts of vigilantism were exclusive to St Petersburg, where she would pour a mixture of 30 litres of water and six litres of bleach onto the groins of offending men on the metro… not all at once.
Dovgalyuk said on her approach:
“This solution is 30 times more concentrated than the mixture used by housewives when doing the laundry.
It eats colours in the fabric in a matter of minutes – leaving indelible stains.
We not only cooled the manspreading down but also marked them with identification spots!“
This isn’t Anna’s first rodeo with the news either, as she previously made headlines by flashing her underwear to commuters, in order to fight the epidemic of upskirt photographs. On that, she explained:
“I am a social activist who advocates for women’s rights and against discrimination in any form.“
I’m torn here. Manspreading is bad and annoying, and in some cases perpetuates the ideals of toxic masculinity, but pouring bleach on people is dangerous and outright illegal. It’s criminal damage at the very least.
In some cases in these shots of her fighting the cause, the men aren’t even sitting next to anyone – that’s when it’s annoying; when they’re taking space from other people, but these are fairly quiet trains.
I guess just don’t manspread, but also don’t pour bleach on people. There’s a middle ground here that I think we’d all be able to find.
But then this comes from a guy who’s not been the victim of, as Dovgalyuk put it, “manifestations of [men] declaring [their] macho qualities on public transportation” so feel free to disregard everything I’ve said.