Move Over Men
Womanspreading is the latest trend taking Instagram by storm and is likely to be filling your feed in 2018.
It’s time for men to move over in a very literal sense. At one time or another, we’ve all been the victim of the manspread. Which is the habit of men to spread their legs unnecessarily far apart. This is either in a display of dominance or because they really do find that position more comfortable.
This habit is so common on a global level that the New Oxford Dictionary of English added the word “manspreading” to its pages.
The Oxford Definition
The term stemmed from men spreading their legs on public transport taking up excessive amounts of room like it’s their birthright. The trend has been an issue for years, even going back to a 1918 pamphlet that asks men to “sit a little closer, please”. It’s got so bad that on the New York subway, alongside anti-littering signs, there are notices urging moderation: “Dude … Stop the spread, please. It’s a space issue”. It’s truly a recognised phenomenon.
The new trend – womanspreading – is a female variation of manspreading that is taking over Instagram. The “power stance” pose sees women sitting with their legs spread open in front of the camera.
All over the world women are uploading pictures of themselves with the hashtag #womanspreading, on Instagram displaying women in various poses. While some posts poke fun at the traditional manspreading pose often seen on public transportation, others show women adopting the power pose in a variety of settings.
The womanspread is also gaining popularity among celebrities, with Bella Hadid, Emily Ratajkowski, Chrissy Teigen, and Elsa Hosk joining in on the fun.
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