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Old 12-29-14, 01:55 PM
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Men's Rights Group Demands Their Balls Be Allowed to Breathe on Buses

Spread the word — and not your legs. That’s what social media users are telling transit riders in the city.

Anyone who takes the TTC has seen it — some dude slumped in a seat, legs spread at a 90-degree angle (or more) with the fulcrum of their crotch there for all to see. Sure, it’s a comfortable way to ride. But some say it’s an inconsiderate waste of space and potentially distressing for other riders.

“It’s a metaphor for that larger space taking that happens,” says Lyndsay Kirkham, a professor of English at Humber College. “You don’t have to be a feminist to recognize and agree with the fact that men are given permission to take up more space in our society.”

Man-spreading, as it’s called, has raised the ire of transit users across the continent who have taken to social media to air their grievances about airing crotches.

With space at a premium on crowded transit systems, several cities have decided to act. Philadelphia already has signs on its transit system that read “Dude it’s rude . . . Two seats — really?” and New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has just launched an etiquette ad campaign that includes cartoon posters of a spread-eagled transit rider that says “Dude . . . Stop the Spread, Please. It’s a space issue.”

People are now calling on the TTC to follow suit; others have thrown down the gauntlet in resistance. The Canadian Association for Equality (CAFE), a men’s rights group, has launched an online petition urging the TTC to take a more gender-neutral approach to people hogging space.

“It’s physically painful for men to close their legs and we cannot be expected to do so, and it’s also a biological necessity for us to do so,” the campaign states. “We can’t force woman to stop breast feeding on busses (sic) or trains and we can’t force them to stop bringing strollers on, why should we force men to close their legs? This is sexism plain and simple and it cannot be passed.”

CAFE volunteer Mike Wood of London, Ont. created the petition on Wednesday. So far it has garnered nearly 900 signatures.

“I understand the concern about people taking up more than what’s necessary on the bus … but why we have to focus on one gender is beyond me.” Wood, an infrequent Toronto visitor, says.

While the TTC is aware of the spreading social media frenzy and the MTA’s etiquette move, it has no immediate plans to clamp down on men’s legs.

“Everybody that is riding the TTC is paying a fare, and if there’s an empty seat, they should have the opportunity to occupy it,” says TTC spokesperson Milly Bernal. “Transit is public space. We’re all sharing it. Just be kind.”

There’s even a “Men taking up too much space on the train” Tumblr account that features pictures of — you guessed it — dudes spread wide on transit. A fierce debate on the matter is raging on Reddit’s Toronto page.

Rosalind Robertson is a daily TTC user and policy analyst. She finds CAFE’s reasoning absurd and told the Star: “If you’re a man and you can’t sit with your knees aligned to your shoulders without being in pain, you might want to see a doctor.

“On the list of bad behaviour on the TTC, it’s not up there with using a disabled seat . . . But it’s unnecessary and rude.”

Proper manners, says Diane Craig, president of image management firm Corporate Class Inc., involves respecting other people’s space.

“Whether you’re a man or a woman, the way you sit in public transit is all about respect for other people,” the etiquette expert says. “Slouchy body language and taking space up displays a lack of poise and an undesirable demeanour.”
Source: thestar.com

I first thought this was an Onion article
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Penis envy.
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Since we're letting our balls breathe can we take off our pants too?
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Rosalind Robertson is a daily TTC user and policy analyst. She finds CAFE’s reasoning absurd and told the Star: “If you’re a man and you can’t sit with your knees aligned to your shoulders without being in pain, you might want to see a doctor.
Some people will never understand what it means to be a man ...
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Right on! No justice, no peace!
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This is idiotic. Maybe it's because I'm not a large guy, but I don't have to spread my legs very far to be relatively comfortable.
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Well... we do have a lot of fat fucks in the US of A.
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Is this really about airing out the balls? Or is it about making oneself wide enough to discourage people from sitting in adjacent seats?
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Is this really about airing out the balls? Or is it about making oneself wide enough to discourage people from sitting in adjacent seats?
It's about enormous genitals.
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I have difficulty sitting with my legs to close together due to my balls. They are certainly not large by any measure, however they do get squashed when sitting quite frequently and it is very painful at times sitting in smaller seats such as arenas, airplane, ballparks, and yes a packed bus or subway.
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It's about enormous genitals.
Paging BANDOMAN!!


yeah, I have to agree, I am slightly overweight, by no mean obese, and I cannot sit with my knees inside the width of my shoulders for more than a few minutes, just way too uncomfortable.

Many times in public sized seating, my knees cannot fit if I sit like suggested, I have to spread to have room.

I am glad there is finally a movement I can get behind
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I have a wide stance.
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Rosalind Robertson is a daily TTC user and policy analyst. She finds CAFE’s reasoning absurd and told the Star: “If you’re a man and you can’t sit with your knees aligned to your shoulders without being in pain, you might want to see a doctor.
Gee, thanks for womansplaining that to me.

Check your privilege, you fucking anti-testite.
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I think the "discomfort" argument is a crock, but maybe it's a legit one for fat people. Close your legs, dudes. Man or woman, legs open in public places is rude and low-class. Nobody wants to see your shit, and perhaps someone wants to use the seat next to you, hmm?
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This seems like it's more about taking up multiple seats than testicular comfort:



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Fat fucks of the DVDtalk. Close your legs and probably close your mouth a bit more often too. Problem solved.
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This guy is probably physically incapable of closing his legs any more because of those tight fucking shorts.
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This guy is probably physically incapable of closing his legs any more because of those tight fucking shorts.
Was thinking. Why the hell is it wearing those?!?!?!
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I have a wide stance.
Far and away the greatest utterance of any politician ever. That never gets old.
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I hope that womanspreading catches on.
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Men's Rights Group
aaaaand we're done here.
Anyone identifying as such is pure scum.
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Originally Posted by Lyndsay Kirkham
You don’t have to be a feminist to recognize and agree with the fact that men are given permission to take up more space in our society.
Oh really. What about mothers and their ugly babies with their fat titties hanging out in a public park on a nice day.

Suck it up. We put up with women, now men finally have something that irritates feminists. Besides a cock, that is.

Originally Posted by Rosalind Robertson (Daily Professional TTC User) and Policy Analyst
If you’re a man and you can’t sit with your knees aligned to your shoulders without being in pain, you might want to see a doctor.
Actually, if you observe the seats on mass transit buses, they are created to allow a woman close her legs more naturally. Men have a different pelvic position which can make it painful over periods of time. Unless you're a skinny, but if you are, you're probably tall, and then you'd be pointing your knees into the aisles, thereby pissing off more feminists. In addition, the long row seats are angled back so for a woman it's not hard to close your legs, but with men, it's pushing on their pelvic region.

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As someone who has sat on his balls on more than one occasion, I can't say I really disagree.
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