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NYTA add for Manspreading

Written by Daniel Otero



By: Daniel Otero



Okay, ladies and gentlemen, let’s talk about the facts of life…


I’m a ‘man-spreader’, yes, when I sit in the metro, I have the need to sit with my legs parted.  There are some anatomical problems with a man sitting with his legs together.


It’s a reality, our privates can hurt by excess pressure if they’re together.  So most men will sit with their legs open.


Hey, I’ll never try to take more than one seat on the bus or metro.  But if I have to, excuse me, there’s nothing better I can do.


As of late, I’ve been hearing some complaints about men sitting in the ‘man-spread’ position.


And here are the details, if a man can cross his legs or place them together without any painful problems while sitting, then great!  Let’s be merry and give others the actual sitting space they deserve.


However, if I cannot, it’s tough luck for that person sitting next to me.


Anatomically a woman can sit with her legs together or crossed without any problems. But for a man things change considerably in our imperfect world.


For one, a man when he sits, some people, mostly the overly-conservative women complain that he’s showing his bulge/business for everybody to see.  Then, I’ll quickly ask these women, “Why are you looking?”


If the male is properly dressed and wearing under his trousers a proper set of ‘boxers’ or underwear, then what’s the problem?


People are just trying to over-complicate what has been a part of the human anatomy for the past 200 thousand years or more.


Now, these are the circumstance when things change if a person is ‘man-spreading’ and taking more than two seats…  Well, here are two things which can be done: ask the person politely to see if he could give you a little space and if it’s not a problem, then sit down.  If not, tough it up, you have to stand!


If the gentleman is still ‘man-spreading’ when there’s pregnant person, a woman with child, elderly or disable…  Then, it’s the man’s social responsibility to stand and grant his seat or two to those in need.


‘Man-spreading’ doesn’t only deal with men.  It deals with people taking more than two seats, one for themselves and the other for their groceries.


I’m sorry, here I’ll tell them flat out, “Hey, place your bags on the floor.  I want to sit down, please!” then with a quick smile, I give a “Thank you!”


I guess with society’s new equality, few women have the need to also ‘man-spread’ when they’re wearing trousers.  Sorry ladies, it doesn’t look good and makes you vulgar!  Please, if there’s no need, legs together for females.  I’m not trying to sound sexist, just have some dignity and share the seat next to you.


So, if you didn’t know anything about ‘man-spreading’…  Here are the above details.


With this said, if you aren’t infringing on anybodies rights, then go ahead gentlemen and ‘man-spread’ all you want too!

About the author

Daniel Otero

A New Yorker who has been living in China for the past 10 years. He's a freelance writer/journalist and ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher.

A former member of the military with extensive travel to 50 countries and has lived in six.

Lover of life, good food, travel, writing and dealing with social issues.