Some of you know that the phenomena of men who spread their legs wide when they sit is one of my primary agitations about gender socialization. In fact, the femme lead in my script I’m working on tries to go a day with spreading her legs out when she sits (and doesn’t make it past an hour).
I remember when I first read transgender activist Kate Bornstein’s Gender Outlaw over a decade ago I was struck by her description that one of the more challenging aspects of undoing male gender socialization was how she took up space and how much she hadn’t been aware of it before transitioning–that was a moment where I felt validated that this was actually a “thing” and not my own musing.
So, as a tribute, this weeks Tumblr pick is an outlet documenting this repeatedly on public transit: Men Taking Up Too Much Space on the Train. Bring it in a few inches, folks.