Why cant we just back off?

The first photograph of the new UK Cabinet was released today. Its no real secret that this is my political party of choice. This cabinet is one I am quite excited about. Its a cabinet of my generation and a cabinet of people I know.

Politics aside. Media mogules have poured over the image, ridiculing every element.

The GuardianΒ has this to say:

Take Theresa May, her legs neatly folded away from Amber Rudd on her right.

Justine Greening, a picture of misery…

The Mirror pointed out these facts –

Justine Greening and Amber Rudd – both of whom keep their chair-footprint to an absolute minimum.

And Theresa May herself maintains a narrow stance, even as she positions her legs at something of a jaunty angle.

But the big story of the day thanks to this photo was Bois Johnson ‘manspreading’.

Manspreading : The term is used to describe the way men, particularly on public transport, take up more space than they should, often at the expense of women sitting next to them.

The Sun, The Huffington Post, The Guardian and a whole host of twitter hashtags have been set up to talk about it. The Mirror even estimated the width of his leg spread saying “his knees [were] an estimated 18 inches apart”.
Is it just me or is this a bit ridiculous?

It does make a welcome change from the ridicule of the ladies for example when Prime Minister May, then Home Secretary, had news articles devoted to her shoes rather than her policies at last years conference. Its nice for them to pick on someone else but moaning about the way a man is siting! Give us a break! Maybe he just sits like that. Why do we have to read in to it anything more than that?!



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