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The word manspreading indicates the manner in which a man sits, especially on public transport, with his legs spread wide apart in a way that leaves small space for others.

The New York Times calls it a name almost as distasteful as the practice itself.

The MTA started a subway campaign of public service ads in December 2014 against manspreading to enforce their “rules of conduct.” While the word manspreading does not directly appear in these “rules of conduct”, one section, “Section 1050.7: Disorderly Conduct”, prohibits the practice.

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Kelley, C. (2015, June 5). Is “manspreading” a word? And is it a crime? » MobyLives. Melville House Books. Retrieved January 9, 2023, from