This morning on my way to work as I transferred at Times Square from the N to the 1 train, I sat down on an end seat next to a man. I’ll admit it was a little bit of a tight fit, but just enough room, especially when I thought the man would adjust his seating so we can fit comfortably. Silly me.
As I kept turning to the right, glaring at the side of his head, I got a peek of what was happening on his other side: the seat was occupied by his right leg. Totes normal…
Was I crazy for thinking my size 0 ass could fit there? Was he thin-shaming me for sitting in a seat he didn’t anticipate anyone fitting into?
The girl sitting across from me and I exchanged a smirk, acknowledging this douche bag, who is clearly overcompensating for his overwhelming amount of empty space in his pants (READ!). I was getting really angry at men on subways, but tried really hard not to generalize, especially since yesterday a guy offered to switch sides with me so I could hold on to a side pole, and not the one I was struggling to reach overhead, that lasted all of two seconds.
I’m not the first woman to complain about this, nor is this my first time breaking out into a rant, and I know I’m not the only one to publicly voice my opinions on this issue. That’s right, I said issue, because frankly, it is. Trains would be less crowded if men sucked it up and closed their legs. It wouldn’t make a tremendous difference, but it would impact at least that one soul who needs to squeeze into that packed train to get to where they really need to be.
This has been a hot topic as of late. There’s this epic Tumblr dedicated to it; Bustle writer, Gabrielle Ross, recently did a social experiment, riding around the subway system for a weekend sitting like a guy; and, earlier this week it was announced that the MTA will launch an awareness campaign about the issue in January! And to be clear, MTA spokesperson, Kevin Ortiz did call this an issue. Validated!