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Cars, Comfortable, and Definitely: <p><a href="http://womenagainstwomyn.tumblr.com/post/107322303493/a-kat-astrophe-profeminist-in-2014-we" class="tumblr_blog">womenagainstwomyn</a>:</p> <blockquote><p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://a-kat-astrophe.tumblr.com/post/107315433710/profeminist-in-2014-we-learned-about-lava">a-kat-astrophe</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://profeminist.tumblr.com/post/107282819862/in-2014-we-learned-about-lava-balls-and">profeminist</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><strong>In 2014 we learned about “<a href="http://profeminist.tumblr.com/post/105667651642/lol-lava-balls-watch-one-brave-woman-confront">lava balls</a>,” and “manspreading” was definitely one of the words of the year.</strong></p> <p><strong>Well it’s a new year, and the battle for personal space and respect continues.</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://mic.com/articles/107614/i-spread-my-legs-on-the-subway-to-prove-an-important-point">WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A LADY “MANSPREADS”</a><br/></strong></p> <p>&ldquo;Labeled &quot;manspreading&rdquo; after <a href="http://mic.com/articles/99858/entitled-men-everywhere-just-can-t-stop-taking-up-all-the-space-on-public-transportation">its most frequent offender</a>, people who spread their legs wide on subways and buses have been the target of much public ridicule recently, culminating in a new <a href="http://mic.com/articles/107058/here-s-how-the-nyc-subway-system-is-officially-fighting-back-against-man-spreading">anti-manspreading campaign</a> in places like New York City.</p> <p>This overt solution to a widespread (pun intended) problem was met with <a href="http://mic.com/articles/107370/13-absurd-reasons-men-use-to-defend-their-right-to-spread-their-legs-on-the-subway">loud protests</a> from men’s rights activists, including a <a href="http://www.torontosun.com/2014/12/29/anti-manspreading-campaign-called-sexist">petition</a> in Toronto that claims men need to take up more space by virtue of their genitalia and posture. According to these “activists,” being the proud owner of a nut bag precludes you from having any respect for the humans around you. </p> <p>In the <a href="https://www.change.org/p/toronto-transit-comission-don-t-allow-the-ban-on-man-spreading-on-the-bus-train-to-pass">online petition</a>, the <a href="https://www.change.org/organizations/canadian_association_for_equality_2">Canadian Association for Equality</a> writes<strong>, “We can’t force women to stop breast-feeding on busses or trains and we can’t force men or women to stop bringing strollers on, why should we force men to close their legs?” Yeah, if we can’t deprive babies from the food and portable shelter they need to survive, why should we deny men the privilege of using twelve extra inches for their balls?</strong> This is just one of <a href="http://mic.com/articles/107370/13-absurd-reasons-men-use-to-defend-their-right-to-spread-their-legs-on-the-subway">many </a>wacky arguments that have been used by men’s rights activists to defend their right to spread their manhood across three seats. </p> <p>Intrigued by this faux outrage, <em>Mic </em>decided to put the logic of these MRAs to test and find out if men really were being unfairly targeted. Do men take up more space just because they can? What happens when women act the same way?</p> <p>As it turns out, people respond very differently to a woman taking up tons of space on the subway. It involves a lot more staring, glaring and photo-sharing. When men do it? Not so much. </p> <p><strong>But this isn’t just about space. Researchers have <a href="http://jornalggn.com.br/sites/default/files/documentos/theergonomicsofdishonesty.pdf">found</a> that taking expansive body postures doesn’t just make people feel more entitled, it also makes them more likely to steal, cheat and fail to respect traffic laws. So manspreading can breed bigger problems than just crowded subway cars: It reinforces attitudes and behaviors that are harmful for society as a whole.</strong></p> <p><span><strong>Women are subconsciously taught that they are meant to take up less space at an early age.</strong> <strong>As Sandra Bartky has </strong></span><strong><a href="http://thesocietypages.org/socimages/2013/12/27/gendered-and-the-body-language-of-power/">remarked</a> before, “appropriate” feminine body language such as keeping your legs crossed and arms close to your body communicates submissiveness. This in effect reinforces damaging myths about what it means to be a woman.” </strong></p> <p><strong>Read the full piece and watch the video <a href="http://mic.com/articles/107614/i-spread-my-legs-on-the-subway-to-prove-an-important-point">here</a></strong></p> </blockquote> <p>You’re supposed to keep your legs crossed so people can’t look up your skirt and see your vag.</p> <p>Please continue to whine about problems that don’t exist though</p> </blockquote> <p>They’re seriously linking making your balls comfortable to being more likely to commit crimes? Are yall just pulling shit out of yalls asses or what? </p> <p>&ldquo;manspreading&rdquo; isn’t about being entitled. The only entitled ones I see are the fucking feminists and women who take up 5 seats for 5 different handbags. Nothing says &ldquo;ROB ME!&rdquo; more than a person trying to juggle 10 different things in their arms. </p> <p>And OH PLEASE, if anything women feel like they need to take up ALL of the space. I was like this as a child and grew up around girls I went to school with who were raised to be entitled. Most women feel entitled to shit they don’t deserve. Especially when it comes to relationships.</p> <p>If you’re so uncomfortable, then just tell the guy his non-visible ballsack is making you feel so, move to a different part of the bus/subway/etc, don’t take public transportation, invest in a motor vehicle (maybe along the lines of a moped), etc etc etc.</p> <p>Stop fucking whining over shit that doesn’t even matter.</p></blockquote> <p>I feel like people are making stuff up at this point. Seriously? Your lack of a nutsack makes it less necessary to spread your legs in order to be comfortable. You seriously want to link that to crimes?</p>
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