Ever heard of “manspreading?” A term that probably originated in the Pacific Northwest of the United States, as one article describes it: “The term refers to men who sit with their legs spread apart on public transport, taking up more than one seat. Yes, now you know what I’m talking about… nothing like a morning commute with a great bulging moose knuckle on display opposite you, staring you in the face.”
It doesn’t really exist. Most men don’t take up two seats with their legs on public transportation, and if public transportation is so crowded that every day you happen to be sitting next to other people, maybe your job or your city need a change.
A 20 year old law student from Russia took it upon herself to “solve” this problem of manspreading, by pouring a mixture of bleach and water on the crotches of men on public transportation. In her “video manifesto,” this is what she did.
If you just watch the clips of the woman pouring bleach on people though, you’ll notice none of those men are being even remotely inconsiderate of other people’s space. “Manspreading?” The incredible dislike to like ratio on the original video says it all.
In Russia, man spreads you. Really though, you’d expect a person to retaliate with force instantly in Russia if a woman pours some liquid on their balls. There’s something really unattractive about a woman acting like an out of control man, thinking they can get away with whatever they do to anyone.
On the metro subway in St. Petersburg, Russia, Anna Dovgalyuk decided to pour a mixture composed of 6 liters of bleach and 30 liters of water on several unsuspecting men, ruining their clothes and possibly irritating their testicles.
Anna said: “This solution is 30 times more concentrated than the mixture used by housewives when doing the laundry. It eats colours in the fabric in a matter of minutes – leaving indelible stains.
We not only cooled the manspreading down but also marked them with identification spots, so everyone can immediately understand which body part controls the behaviour of these men.”
One article compares what she is doing to throwing gasoline on the faces of people, saying: “Ballsy. But for Anna, this is about far more than just seat-hogging, indeed, she isn’t about to go and chuck petrol on the face of somebody who has put their bag on the chair next to them. No, this is about fighting an act of ‘gender aggression’.”
She continued: “Men demonstrating their alpha-manhood in the subway with women and children around deserve contempt.”
That’s an exaggeration of an order so high it is delusional. A Russian media outlet called Rosbalt claimed that the video was fake and it utilized actors, but Anna denied this. She continued:
“My action is absolutely real. I don’t think people are going to go to the police to file a report about jeans.” No they might just slap you in the face, who would file a police report?
In the past she did some protest involving doing this in public. She was trying “raise awareness of upskirting laws in Russia,” according to one article.