Battle of the sexes erupts as men arrested for 'manspreading'

Men, the age of relaxation is over. A public campaign has lambasted those who, during the daily commute to work, like to sit with their legs apart, or as the internet has dubbed it "manspreading".

The act of sitting on public transport with your legs too far apart has seemingly become a criminal offence in New York after two men were arrested for manspreading, ABC News reports.

Manspreading is a term used to describe men who take up more than one public transport seat, by sitting with their legs too far apart.

Hollywood actor Tom Hanks was recently accused of the act while riding the New York subway.

"I was accused of manspreading because it looks as though I'm taking up two seats. And hey, internet, you idiot, the train was half empty ... there was plenty of room," he told The Late Late Show.

"I was not manspreading, I was just enjoying a pleasant ride."

Anyone else see Tom Hanks#manspreadingon the subway yesterday?

Live Nation NYC (@LiveNationNYC) January 23, 2015

In January, New York's Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) launched a subway etiquette campaign and plastered posters around trains which read "Dude ... Stop the Spread, Please".

But as female public transport users expressed their anger online the manspreaders hit back with "shebagging", a woman who takes up more than one seat with their handbag and shopping.

Examples of manspreading and shebagging.

No, bra. The seat is all yours. Stretch it out.#ballsarejusttoobig #mta #nyc #MANSPREADING

Tracey Petrillo (@mistypee) May 20, 2015

#manspreadingis a terrible disorder men experience from having ENORMOUS BALLS they must air on trains@MinaVagans

rebecca (@anaisnin) May 29, 2015

And what is 'extreme'#manspreading? Like this dude?#vandamme

Martin Daubney (@MartinDaubney) June 1, 2015


Max Power (@MorganDunham) May 17, 2015

#manspreadingOlympics on the

lana del styles (@frankoharaa) May 15, 2015


Sgoop (@KnotVery) June 1, 2015

Is#shebaggingsome kind of response to#manspreading? Do two wrongs make a right?

Martin Daubney (@MartinDaubney) June 1, 2015