A Perth train commuter has slammed a fellow passenger for ‘manspreading’ and questioned the size of the man’s testicles.
It’s a complaint familiar to women everywhere: You’re looking for a seat on the train, and a man is sitting there with his legs spread onto the adjoining seat.
You sit and attempt to make your body as small as possible to fit into the limited space.
The Oxford Dictionary defines manspreading as “the practice whereby a man, especially one on public transportation, adopts a sitting position with his legs wide apart, in such a way as to encroach on an adjacent seat or seats.”
The act is so egregious, it was banned in Madrid in 2017 and in 2015, the NYC MTA enacted a widespread communications campaign discouraging men from sitting this way.
User heyuinthebush, whose gender is unknown, described this exact scenario in a post on the r/Perth subreddit.
They questioned why the commuter had to sit with their legs spread and take up “a seat and a half”.
The post said: “I’m practically sitting on a guy this morning on the train because he doesn’t want to close his legs.
“He’s effectively taking up a seat and a half. I sat down, misjudging the space my a** was going to take up and the lady next to me then had to move over.
“I feel bad that she is now all squished up but I’ve committed to sitting down and don’t want to stand up. He doesn’t seem to mind and he is very warm… which would be nice in winter I suppose?
“But seriously, why. Why can’t you close your legs?? Your balls can’t be that big.”
The issue struck a nerve with r/Perth subscribers and the post attracted more than 89 comments.
“I’m six foot and built like a rugby player, so hardly a petite lady, I just sit down. If their leg is in the square I will sit on it,” pointlessorange wrote.
“Spread your legs really wide then tell him you’ve got your period and you need to make room for the maxipad,” One_Baby2005 added.
“It’s a dominance power play. What you now have to do is slowly chuck your own spread… like an arm wrestle but with your legs,” crmsz32 quipped.
A 2020 article in the Independent UK revealed the scientific reason behind ‘manspreading’.
A spinal neurosurgeon explained that the width of the female pelvis is greater and the angle of the femoral neck more acute making sitting with knees together less comfortable for men.
The more spread posture also avoids testicular compression, according to the surgeon.
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