Advice to younger women: Practice manning up

Advice to younger women: Practice manning up

A new scourge stalks the land. It’s called “manspreading.”

Manspreading is what men do when they splay their legs wide on public transit, taking up more than their share of space, so as to give their manly parts plenty of air.

“It drives me crazy,” Kelley Rae O’Donnell, a New York actress, told The New York Times. “I find myself glaring at them because it just seems so inconsiderate in this really crowded city.” Her crusade has drawn thousands of enthusiasts. Now, the New York subway system has created an illustrated poster campaign to chasten the guilty. It says, “Dude … Stop the Spread, Please.”

Manspreading is certainly bad manners in a crowded subway – and so is other stuff, like people wielding giant backpacks. At first, I couldn’t believe that it had become a thing. “Of all the grievances cooked up against men, this must be the dumbest,” my husband groused.

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