After the news spread of a 37-year-old subway rider in New York who was punched on her way to work after complaining about a manspreading fellow commuter, it seems like the women on various social media platforms have taken it upon themselves to spread the word about manspreading and reclaim their space.
The hashtag #womanspreading has taken over the Republic of Instagram and celebrities who are making the trend, even more trendier are A-listers like Kaia Gerber, Emily Ratajkowski, Bella Hadid, Elsa Hosk, Hailey Baldwin among others; who are posting pictures with their legs spread wide.
Here’s Hailey Baldwin striking an ‘unlady’ like pose.
There’s Jennifer Lopez, looking smoldering despite spreading her legs.
Posing in an ‘unladylike way’; like many would brand the trend, it’s not just A-listers but females from all across the world, who have taken it upon themselves to break the unsaid rules of feminity and establish a long-overdue point — a woman is entitled to the same space as a man.
Mostly, people expect women to sit straight in a ‘lady-like’ fashion without spreading the legs. In order to counter the gender-biased rules of conduct, #womanspreading has come into existence so that ladies are empowered to claim their part of the space in a so-called man’s world.
The popularity of the #womanspreading trend reveals how women are shaking off the biases and telling the world that gender rules be damned. They want equality in decorum to be established for a better world that does not use violence to show ‘women their place.’
— Che Osama (@cheyosama) November 27, 2017
Recently, in a incident, manspreading reared it’s ugly head when a Brooklyn-based woman Sam Saia was riding the N-train to work in NYC and was sitting at the end of the car. Soon, the man sitting next to her spread his legs wide and pushed her to the side of the car. Not just that, the assailant even spewed abuses at her after she confronted him to give her space to sit comfortably.
Apparently, he flew into a fit of rage and yelled at her, “B—-, you ain’t nothing! I’ve raped white b—–s like you, f—ing c—! You ain’t nothing, you f—ing b—-!”
The incident sparked a nationwide outrage which has now found a new voice in the form of #womanspreading.
The trending hashtag looks upon manspreading in a lighthearted vein, however, not only is it poking fun at manspreading, but is also being used to question tradition and establish clearly that gender conditioning simply shouldn’t apply.
While men spread their legs to take over space, women are conditioned to sit with legs crosses and lady-like, unlike what’s expected of men.
But not anymore.
Would you spread your legs to make a point?