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Manspreading banned on public transit in Madrid

"The new information icon indicates the prohibition of taking a seating position that bothers other people", said the EMT in a statement. So, manspreaders of Madrid, consider yourselves warned.

Madrid's public transportation service, EMT, worked with an equality and feminist group to develop an icon reminding passengers to respect everyone's space.

Do you think that manspreading is a serious enough problem that it requires government intervention, whether in Madrid, in the USA, or elsewhere around the world?

Madrid's new sign is a nice depiction of manspreading for those out of the loop. A giant X signals it as unacceptable behavior. The EMT put up signs informing the public that they discourage the behavior. Other forbidden acts include eating, smoking, littering and feet on seats.

Transportation systems in New York City, Philadelphia, and Seattle have similar signage to address the spread, all which echo the passive annoyance most fellow commuters hold when met with a manspreader during their commute.

Following the lead of New York City, transit officials in Madrid have also boarded the offensive, posting signs on public transport this week asking gentlemen riders to be respectful of others and refrain from taking up more than one seat unnecessarily. The petition mentions how women are often seen sitting with their legs pinned in uncomfortably because the man next to them is invading their space with his legs. Entitled "Transit Etiquette or: How I Learned To Stop Spitting and Step Aside in 25 Languages", the exhibit showed decades-old vintage posters from subway systems around the world that attempted to warn against littering or being a "seat monopolizer", according to NY magazine. "I'm going to sit how I want to sit".

Madrid's transport authority has taken a stand against the scourge of "el manspreading" with a campaign to stop the space-encroaching sitting style. Stretchy Legs who doesn't have qualms about manspreading.



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