Manspreading

Manspreading, a public demeanor that some Torontonians are urging Toronto Transit Commission to ban in its subway trains and buses. For those of you, who don’t know what manspreading is, please allow me to keep you up-to-date with the latest letter coupling.

Manspreading is meant to describe a male transit rider that spreads both of his legs wide apart, whose gesture not only takes up more space than it’s needed, but it also exposes the crotch area of the male rider entirely to others.

As a public transit rider, I am not at all surprised by the discomfort felt by some transit riders towards manspreading. As a matter of fact, I, myself, am appalled frequently by certain public behaviors exhibited so shamelessly by some while riding the TTC.

I’m not a perfect rider myself. I have had my own share of misbehaviors in public. But I pride myself on my willingness to learn from my past and on having the desire to change for the better. I am aware of the common courtesies that I need to have while being out and about.

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Resting dirty shoes on an empty seat; talking aloud in a quiet train; blocking the vehicle doors, not willing to move a bit so that other rush hour riders can squeeze into the sardine-packed trains or buses; occupying an empty seat with a knapsack on a crowded train; leaving the elderly holding on to door bars while the youths crossing legs in a seat and playing games on smart phones are just some of my observations as a public transit rider.

A civil society is not immune to inconsiderate public behaviors. Although we all have our moments of acting rudely; however, may we all be capable of learning the needed lessons so that we can show a bit more of civility in public the next time around.

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