"Manspreading" has been the target of female subway passengers for a long time. If you somehow aren't familiar with the term, Urban Dictionary defines it as: "The act of men spreading legs - particularly on a subway train - to create space for genitalia, which has come under fire by certain feminist-leaners who insist the practice takes up too much room on crowded trains."
Recently, a video popped up on Facebook that showed a woman targeting manspreading on the Russian subway system. It was presented like a news story on a page called "In The NOW." The video, at last count, had been seen by 6.6 million people.
In the video, a series of clips are shown between a woman, called Anna, and a number of men who are committing the heinous crime. In each clip, the woman walks up to a man and dumps clear liquid from a water bottle into their lap. The video CLAIMS this is bleach, but nothing serious appears to happen to the men or their junk. Anna, it seems, is "fed up" with manspreading and she is on the offensive. It's one woman's crusade to end the scourge that affects very few people.
The post seems ridiculous and it turns out, it very well may be fake.
But what is the point of spreading a fake video like this?
Why they made this video is sort of unclear. What is likely is that it was created and spread by Russian troll farms who specialize in creating divisive content aimed at the West. This was a hot topic at one time, but it hasn't really been on the radar lately. It's also not specifically or overtly political - but manspreading has always been argument-inducing and the language that is used - even in the Urban Dictionary entry - could cause some political triggers to be set off.
Is this a new direction for Russian trolls? We'll have to wait and watch.
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