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Shebagging is a slang term referring to the practice of taking up a seat in on public transit with bags or other personal items. The term is often used as a female equivalent to manspreading.


On January 29th, 2015, Twitter user @joshuetree tweeted a photograph of several people on a train with the message "Wait – so 'manspreading' is the issue? Not 'shebagging'? #manspreading more like #shebagging" (shown below).

Timbones @joshuetree Wait so "manspreading" is the issue? Not "shebagging"? #manspreading more like #shebagging 6:30 PM Jan 29, 2015 iOS


On June 3rd, 2015, the news site The Daily Mail[4] published an article titled "Are you a man-spreader or a she-bagger?"

On November 19th, 2017, Urban Dictionary[1] user Arcxjo submitted an entry for the term, defining it as "the female equivalent of manspreading" (shown below).

Shebagging The female equivalent of manspreading, taking up perfectly good seats with a purse that should be on your lap There's nowhere left to sit because of that shebagging bitch. by Arcxjo November 19, 2017

On May 30th, 2019, Redditor Flyerr submitted a picture of several women seated with bags next to them on a train with the title "I've heard of man spreading, not quite sure what to call this though (all other seats taken)" to /r/funny[2] (shown below). In the comments section, many noted that the practice was called "shebagging."

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Fake New York Post Article

On July 23rd, 2019, Twitter user @Emjoot[3] tweeted a photoshopped image of a New York Post article with the fake headline "German company invents subway seats against 'shebagging'," showing subway seats that had been replaced with toilet seats (shown below).

NEW YORK POST SEARCH LIVING German company invents subway seats against 'Shebagging' July 19, 2019 | 2:30pm Updated By Christopher Cameron Dixi JEB -DZIDY

That day, Redditor apache1195 submitted an image combining a headline about the Manspreading Chair with the fake New York Post article followed by A Soul for a Soul Thanos (shown below, left). Within 48 hours, the post gained more than 19,500 points (97% upvoted) and 270 comments on /r/memes.[5] The following day, Redditor TheBritishBandit submitted a similar edit featuring a screenshot of the character Edward Elric from Fullmetal Alchemist along with the subtitle "the law of equivalent exchange" (shown below, right). Over the next 24 hours, the post garnered over 17,700 points (98% upvoted) and 200 comments on /r/dankmemes.[6]

|'Manspreading' chair wins award for forcing dudes' legs together July 19, 2019 I 2:30pm Updated By Christopher Cameron German company invents subway seats against 'Shebagging' By Christopher Cameron July 19, 2019 2:30pm Updated DiXi "A Soul for a Soul" Design student invents 'anti-manspreading' chair German company invents subway seats against 'Shebagging' July 19, 2019 2:30pm Update By Christopher Cameron the law of equivalent exchange That is

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[1] Urban Dictionary – Shebagging

[2] Reddit – /r/funny

[3] Twitter – @Emjoot

[4] The Daily Mail – Are you a man-spreader or a she-bagger?

[5] Reddit – /r/memes

[6] Reddit – /r/dankmemes

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I will just say what I said on a related image: this should be important enough for it to be the kind of thing public transport puts warnings about, like with leaning on doors. Do not even make it specific: just something like "Please refrain from occupying other seats with objects such as bags for the consideration of other passengers". I am not even sure why that has not been done yet.


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