Ugh, manspreaders are a transportation scourge and one woman in Russia has taken matters into her own hands — although some say she’s gone too far, while others speculate the video is a ruse.
Law student and activist Anna Dovgalyuk has taken to pouring bleach in the crotches of offending manspreaders, “So everyone can immediately understand which body part controls the behavior of these men,” and capturing her actions on camera.
British newspaper The Sun reported the 20-year-old activist is fed up with her country’s inaction on “gender aggression.”
“[It’s a] disgusting act that is being fought around the world — but hushed up here (in Russia),” she said.
In a video shot on September 25, and viewed on YouTube more than 1.6 million times, Dovgalyuk is seen making her way through train cars in St. Petersburg, Russia, pouring liquid from a bottle into the laps of shocked male passengers. In the video, she says the contents of the bottle are a mix of water and bleach, “30 times more concentrated than the mixture used by housewives when doing the laundry,” U.K. Metro reported. “It eats colors in the fabric in a matter of minutes — leaving indelible stains.”
Dovgalyuk said she was acting “on behalf of everyone who has to endure the manifestations of you declaring your macho qualities on public transportation.”
Russian news outlet Rosbalt has said the video is fake and features actors, but Dovgalyuk disputes that claim. Other detractors on social media believe the events occurred but consider them assault — not activism or successful campaigning.
An earlier protest by Dovgalyuk, similarly caught in a very slick video, saw her demonstrating before commuters in her underpants, to raise awareness of upskirting laws.
Watch the manspreading protest, and a panel conversation about it, in the video below:
Read the full story at U.K. Metro.