Manspreading – It’s a Thing

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Manspreading… it’s a real thing.  And it’s making people uncomfortable in a public place near you.

Urban Dictionary has the following definition:


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.
The dudes took up all the damned space with their manspreading.
I’ve run into it a lot on regional jets where the guy next to me decides he needs to manspread and thus use part of my seat space for his leg.  And it’s become a way to mark territory when stuck in the center seat in coach.
But it’s culturally regarded as being a “guy thing, which is why I found this video from Consumerist funny – it shows what happens when a guy and a girl engage in the same manspreading activity and how each is regarded by others.
I wish everyone could just keep their knees together in a polite way.  Seeing a manspread reminds me of this clip from one of my favorite movies… and that’s just really NOT where I want to be when I’m sitting next to you on a plane.
So please… just close your legs.

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Jennifer is a management consultant and avid volunteer. Her career and volunteer duty travels have helped her log top-tier airline and hotel status annually for the last nineteen years. In addition, she embraces the opportunity to maximize her vacation time by planning extracurricular trips that have taken her to over 60 countries and 48.5 US states. Once an "every week" road warrior, she now only travels around 100 days a year. She resides in her native Fort Worth, Texas where she enjoys cooking, gardening, sewing, needlepoint, wine, and playing with her Border Collie/Great Pyreness mix puppy Harley Quinn.

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