BERLIN AFP - A man lounges across two seats on a crowded Berlin train, oblivious to his surroundings, until the two women opposite him suddenly spread their legs, revealing a message on their trousers: "Stop spreading". Feminist activists Elena Buscaino and Mina Bonakdar are on a mission to stamp out manspreading - the habit that some men have of encroaching on adjacent seats without consideration for their female neighbours. The two female activists' provocative stunt is part of a wider initiative called the Riot Pant Project featuring slogans printed on the inside legs of second-hand trousers. Ms Bonakdar and Ms Buscaino, both design students, came up with the idea as a way of helping women and LGBTQ people reclaim public spaces often dominated by men. As well as "Stop spreading", the project's slogans include "Give us space" and "Toxic masculinity" - which, in a nod to the behaviour of those they are aimed at, are only revealed once the wearer shows their crotch.
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A public debate began when an anti-manspreading campaign started on the social media website Tumblr in ; the term appeared a year later. The usage of the term has received substantial criticism from both feminists and antifeminists. Author and fitness journalist Lou Schuler writes that "manspreading" is natural due to men's inherent physical differences which make spreading knees the "least-stressed sitting position for men":. Here's what happens when someone like me sits with my knees close together: The round ball at the top of the femur will pinch against the outside edge of the acetabulum the hip socket , straining the labrum that lines the socket.
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Celebs are taking a stand against manspreading -- the annoying habit men have of obnoxiously spreading their legs too far apart while sitting, especially on a public bus or train -- by uncrossing their legs. Womanspreading is the new female power stance taking over Instagram where ladies crouch or sit down in an open leg position and casually vogue for the camera. The practice of males taking up too much room for no apparent reason became so commonly mocked, the MTA in New York City put up signs urging men to close their legs. Stop the spread, please. The term was even added to the Oxford Dictionary in