Metro Seemingly Takes Stand Against Manspreading in Ad Campaign

July 11, 2019

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WMATA might be taking a stand against manspreading on its trains. 

In a photo shared with PoPville, a Metro rider revealed an ad that features a man and a woman sitting next to each other on a train. The man is spread out across the train’s seats, and the ad says “why is this seat so uncomfortable?” 

The bottom of the ad says, “The answer is obvious. So is the solution. Metro Matters.” 

The rider who submitted the photo said it was on display at the NoMa-Gallaudet U. station. 

A Metro spokesman said the picture is part of the Metro Manners campaign launched to encourage riders to be more courteous during their commutes. When asked about the meaning behind the ad, he said it’s “just part of the courtesy campaign.” 

Manspreading occurs when a man spreads his legs so far apart that he takes up more than one seat. 

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