January 2, 2015

PSYCHOLOGY TODAY: Are you now, or have you ever been, a manspreader?

Manspreading is an example of what college intellectuals call a “microaggression”. That simply means you may not know that you are oppressing the person next to you. The effect is to make innocent people even less willing to be friendly and engage others for fear it will turn into a bad scene of the offended party screaming, crying and/or threatening legal action. The 1990s sitcom Seinfeld used to poke fun at such behavior with the perpetually offended character Elaine Benes. Little did the writers know that Elaine would be the voice of a new generation.

The manspreading crisis was the latest outrage in a year of media and government-orchestrated man-bashing. 2014 saw the culmination of the Obama Administration’s three year policy of misusing the United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights to redefine Title IX to force universities across the nation to submit to ridiculous federal standards and set up campus kangaroo courts that eschewed due process in prosecuting men accused of any variety of real or imagined crimes.

Indeed.