Man Spreading

Man Spreading is defined as follows: men who spread their legs wide, into a sort of V-shaped slouch, effectively occupying two, sometimes even three seats on the train.

This is not a new phenomenon on public transportation. I understand if you have a bag between your legs, but it’s not that difficult to close your legs. Maybe if the train was empty, man spreading might not be a bad thing. But on a crowded train during rush hour, it’s annoying to say the least.

The New York City MTA has just released a new list of courtesies. Man spreading is one of them.

Please gentlemen, close your legs. If you were home, sitting in your favorite arm chair, it would not be an issue. But on a crowded subway car where empty seats are worth their weight in gold, man spreading is an inconvenience that we could do without.

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