Manspreading Chair

Manspreading Chair

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Updated Jul 24, 2019 at 07:45AM EDT by Y F.

Added Jul 23, 2019 at 12:14PM EDT by Philipp.

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Manspreading Chair refers to a custom chair made by the University of Brighton student Laia Laurel as an art object. The design of the chair prevents men sitting in it from spreading their legs. In July 2019, after the chair received a design award and was featured in the news, it became a subject of online controversy.


On June 10th, 2019, University of Brighton student Laila Laurel posted several photographs of men and women sitting in her custom manspreading chairs as part of an art piece titled "A Solution for Man-spreading" to her lailapoppylaurel Instagram feed (shown below).[1] In the photos, the chair for men is shown to point inward in order to prevent the man's legs from flaring out, while the chair for women has a block added to the center to force their legs open.

On July 4th, 2019, the chair received a Belmond Award at New Designers exhibition in London.[7][8]


In the coming days, several news sites published articles about the chairs, including Yahoo,[2] The Daily Mail[3] and LadBible.[4] Meanwhile, posts about the art project reached the front page of the /r/MensRights[5] and /r/TumblrInAction[6] subreddits.

Additionally, memes about the chair were posted online in that period, including notable posts in /r/dankmemes[9] and /r/memes subreddits.[10]

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LIVING 'Manspreading'chair wins award for forcing dudes' legs together 2:30pm | Updated By Christopher Cameron July 19, 2019 + Me as a Slav: Woman with new chair me getting my public space invaded by womanspreading MEN'S CHAIR aary alamy [Happy manspreading noises]
FACTS 8y KENT WEBB DR the manspreading chair promotes sexism and whoever gave an award to it is fucking stupid Woman Wins An Award For Designing Chair That Stops Manspreading feminist" "feminist" 'Manspreading' chair wins award for forcing dudes' legs together By Christopher Cameron July 19, 2019 2:30pm Updated Laila Laurel designed his and hers chairs to show the way men and women "command space." PERVETS LOOKING AT WOMEN WEARING DRESSES Apart from the sexism, can we talk about how shitty these chairs are in their design itself? Way too smai backres harp corners aene ganOmcsear

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