If you live in the United States in 2018, chances are you’ve heard the term “manspreading” at least once. It refers to when a man occupies a large amount of space while seated because he insists on spreading his legs wide apart.
Men everywhere have defended the practice, offering explanations such as “men need to make space for their genitals” and “men need to make sure their testicles don’t overheat.”
Well, an intrepid Reddit user is offering up a whole new argument about hip anatomy.
The full text reads:
“Part of it is the q-angle – women have a wider hip structure, which gives a wider range of flexibility along the q-angle, letting them comfortably sit one knee over the other, whereas most men don’t have the range of motion to sit that way at all, let alone comfortably.”
He goes on to explain:
“Another big part is the balance triangle and how it relates to center of gravity – men are, on average, taller than women, which gives them a higher center of gravity, which narrows the balance triangle. When you’re sitting on a moving bus, you’ll subconsciously seat yourself into a stable position – the taller you are, the lower you’ll have to position yourself in the seat to stay balanced. Spreading your legs helps widen the balance triangle.”
Before falling back on the old “hot testicles” argument:
“Lastly, there’s the testicular heat stress response – heat stress is lethal for sperm, so the testes evolved to stay cooler than core temperature, migrating into the scrotum upon puberty to better regulate temperature, unlike ovaries. There’s a few mechanical responses to heat stress – the scrotum itself will relax and elongate, ‘sagging’ the testes away from the warm body – but there’s other psyiological responses. When men’s testes approach heat stress temperatures, there’s a driving urge to spread the knees to cool them down.”
And in closing, he states:
“Frankly the whole ‘manspreading’ campaign is such ridiculous hypocrisy. It’s coming from the same people who preach about equality and fair treatment, how we shouldn’t judge people for their bodies, how we shouldn’t objectify people or demonize perfectly natural behaviors, yet they’re straight up pushing for Government legislation to control how men sit. They’re teaching an entire generation of young boys that it’s socially shameful to open their legs when their body is activating its testicular heat stress response. If this becomes a social norm, that it’s unacceptable for men to open their knees, it’s going to further drive down the already plummeting sperm rates.”
He seems to miss the point that the conversation is about how those assigned as male at birth are often taught that they can and should take up space, whereas those assigned female are taught to take up as little space as possible.
Furthermore, it’s not about a small spread.
It’s about when men do things like this.
— Jeremy Vine (@theJeremyVine) February 4, 2015
— Simón Valles (@SantoXimon) December 11, 2018
— Hamish Boyd (@Abigoli) December 10, 2018
No one’s testicles need to be kept that cool.
People have taken pictures of the worst offenders they’ve seen.
Manspreading is an illness, pls pray for this poor chap pic.twitter.com/4oh5H9QfA8
— Meg Brassington (@meganboob) December 11, 2018
In case you were wondering, this is what manspreading looks like pic.twitter.com/oV8Cv50y63
— Carly McClain (@CarlyDMcClain) December 7, 2018
People even pointed out that well-known figures do it.
2018 Canadian Manspreading Results:
Bronze, Gold, Silver. pic.twitter.com/pWF9BJQ7AO
— Don Kelly (@thedonkelly) December 7, 2018
Have you ever seen such a classic showcase of manspreading in yer life pic.twitter.com/Ocn4dbDPh2
— Steph Baillie (@stephbaillie88) December 5, 2018
Hillary Clinton stares at Putin with blanked face, as he does his "Manspreading" pic.twitter.com/tlxQ4fgdDx
— Mr. Weeks ✊🏽 (@MrDane1982) December 10, 2018
Except for Justin Trudeau, because he is a Canadian saint.
We hope his testicles aren’t overheated.