As a means of combatting “manspreading” – an act where a man sits with his legs spread wide – one woman has resorted to a mild form of vigilante justice. The 20-year-old female law student has been splashing a water and bleach mixture on men who are manspreading while using public transit, targeting their groin area.
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Anna Dovgalyuk, a woman and social activist in Russia, believes that manspreading is a form of “gender aggression,” according to a report by the Daily Mail.
To address the issue, Dovgalyuk has begun carrying around a water bottle filled with diluted bleach, splashing it onto the groins of men who she believes are sitting in a way she deems offensive.
“This solution is 30 times more concentrated than the mixture used by housewives when doing the laundry,” said Dovgalyuk
“It eats colors in the fabric in a matter of minutes – leaving indelible stains.”
Dovgalyuk shared images of some of her targets and said that her efforts are paying off. She stated that since Russia isn’t taking action to curtail the behavior, even as other cities, such as Madrid, have begun to take a stand against manspreading on public transit, she felt it was necessary to take action.
“We not only cooled the manspreading down but also marked them with identification spots!”
She also asserts that she is acting “on behalf of everyone who has to endure the manifestations of you declaring your macho qualities on public transportation.”
While a Russian news outlet has claimed Dovgalyuk’s video is a sham, claiming that she used actors and did not target random commuters, Doygalyuk has denied that the footage was staged in that manner.
“My action is absolutely real,” she stated.
Doygalyuk does admit that no one has taken legal action against her, such as suing for damage to their clothing or contacting law enforcement.
“I don’t think people are going to go to the police to file a report about jeans.”