I used to spend a lot of my time on the train to and from work standing. I like to think this was out of consideration for the poor person sat next to me. I didn’t want them being crushed by my thighs and I felt painfully aware of how much space I was taking up. It may sound stupid, and it probably is, but that’s how I felt. Besides, I don’t mind standing up. It avoids trying to spot pregnant women so I can give up my seat to them. Staring at the stomach of every woman who boards the train is not my idea of a good time. My idea of a good time is cake.
Anyway, now that I’m lighter and not so wide, I sit my slightly smaller ass down on trains. It’s been an observation that fat people, even the massively large, still fail to take up as much space as an idiot who’s manspreading.
This is man spreading.
Essentially, it is the art of being a twat. It is a man who decides for whatever reason to spread his leg and encourage nearby observers to play “hunt the package”. It has to be a macho thing. The number of times I have observed this on the train is ridiculous. I had no idea this was even a thing till I started sitting down.
Case and point. Yesterday on the way home, I was sat in my usual spot in my usual carriage. I sit on the aisle seat so I can hang over a bit for extra leg room! A man comes and asks to sit in the window seat. Fine. I get up, he sits down… And then he spreads his legs! He was quite clearly invading into what was my seat! I sit back down, now having one ass cheek hanging off the seat in order to accommodate the manspreading! Apparently, this is an invitation to spread further. The dude basically ended up giving me a lap dance!
Seriously. Wtf is wrong with people?! As a fat person, I know that some of us try to make ourselves as small as possible to avoid people noticing how large we are. Considering how large we are, this is often pointless. We still try. Go us. This just boils down to basic consideration! If you’re reading this and you’re guilty of manspreading, stop it. No one wants to spot your penis through your trousers.