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Madrid public transportation launches anti-manspreading campaign

(Municipal Transport Company of Madrid)

Men who like to take up just a little too much space on public transportation are clearly not an exclusively American phenomenon: Madrid’s Municipal Transport Company (EMT) has started putting up signs warning against “el manspreading.” The organization says the signs — which show a red, faceless man taking up an extra seat — are a reminder for people to have respect for the space of all passengers. “This new information sign is similar to those that already exist in other transport systems around the world to stop people adopting a posture that makes others uncomfortable,” the company said. The initiative came after consultation with the city council’s equality department and a campaign lead by a feminist collective that gathered more than 11,500 signatures on a petition asking for such signs to be installed. Three years ago, New York’s MTA started a similar campaign under the title “Dude, stop the spread please. It’s a space issue.”

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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