It turns out we’ve been wrong. The well-documented phenomenon of men taking up too much space on the train as if to air out a particularly large set of balls that has enraged women since time immemorial (or at least since the invention of public transit) is not, in fact, about a gendered sense of entitlement to fill up public space or a performance of masculinity.
There is actually a perfectly reasonable explanation: they’re just saving room for cats. Very large cats.
On behalf of feminists everywhere, our sincerest apologies to all sprawling men and their furry friends.
More after the jump.
Maya Dusenbery is an Executive Director of Feministing.