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Have you heard this term before? It’s nothing like the lyrics in the song “It’s Raining Men” by The Weather Girls.

I saw this term for the first time as a headline in Conde Nast Traveler’s online edition (dated June 7, 2017). It read: “Madrid Bans Manspreading On Its Public Transport.”

Manspreading is when a guy sits down and spreads his legs wide enough to discourage folks from sitting in the seats on either side of him. I have included the photo used in the article.


There is even a sign/icon for it. Sorry, but it looks like a guy on a toilet to me.

manspreading sign

Closer to home, in 2014, New York City also had issues with manspreading on public transportation. Their slogan was “Dude, please stop the spreading.”

If you find this as fascinating as I do, here is a link to the entire article.