A ranking member of the DC Transit Authority has issued a formal apology after she went on a social media rant over the topic of “manspreading.”
Sarah Meyer, chief experience officer at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), had initially posted an image of a man in business casual attire, sitting on the Metro with his legs wide.
“DC, do we really need to do a manspreading campaign on our trains?” she wrote on social media. “I thought we were above this.”
Needless to say, the post didn’t go over very well, and Meyer was forced to issue an apology less than 24 hours after Twitter took the image down for violating its policies.
“My apologies for this tweet,” she wrote. “It was meant in jest, but I understand how it might have offended some. I will do better and keep focused on what matters, better service, communications, and wayfinding.”
Many doubted her sincerity in the retweets, but comments were disabled.
According to the New York Post, Meyer started working at the Metro in April, after more than four years with New York City’s MTA.
Despite being something that feminists frequently target men for doing in urban areas, Tanya Vacharkulksemsuk, a research fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, found that “expansive posture” (spreading one’s arms and legs) was deemed to be attractive by both males and females, as it implies openness and dominance.
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