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.
Dear New York City Parents
I an aware that parenting is a challenge. In this crazy, always on the move, 24/7/365 city that we call home, parenting is even more complicated.
I do have one request of NYC parents, especially if they have young kids and rely on public transportation to get around: teach your kids that the train car is not a playground.
I was on the train yesterday afternoon. A woman with a little boy, around 4 or 5 years old, got on with me. This little boy preceded to use the train car as his own personal playground. The mother did next to nothing to keep her child in a seat. Now this is not the case every day. There are plenty of parents who can keep their child entertained and sitting while traveling on public transportation.
Imagine if this little boy had gotten hurt. The only person at fault would be the mother who did not keep her child in a seat while traveling on a moving subway car. Not the city, not the MTA, but the mother.
In conclusion, I ask that you, the NYC living, MTA riding parent, teach your child to stay seated while on the train. For your sanity and for mine.
I thank you for your time.
A fellow rider of the NYC MTA