If you’re in a Matatu, or any other time you’ll be in one, look around and see how men are seated. 98% of them have their legs apart, encroaching the next passenger’s space and thus, making them uncomfortable. Well, if you try that in Spanish capital Madrid you’ll end up in jail.
The city’s municipal authorities are planning to install signs in vehicles, bust stops and other places that dissuades men from ‘manspreading’. “The new information icon indicates the prohibition of taking a seating position that bothers other people,” a statement they released says.
This comes few months after campaigns by feminist groups in Madrid that led to a petition called, “#MadridSinManspreading (#MadridWithoutManspreading)”. Is Madrid the first city to do this? No. Back in 2014 New York City began the ‘Dude… Stop the spreading, Please” campaign that led to the banning of the same practice.
Clearly, things are changing and before you know it, your city might be next. Watch out.