First 'Manspreading' Arrests Made By Police In New York

The phenomenon occurs when a man sits with his legs so far apart that he takes up more than one seat, and it's caused an online anti-spreading revolution, from which brilliant blogs like 'Your Balls Are Not That Big' were born.

The arrests are the first ever made for the offence, after New York Authorities started targeting public transport space-hoggers last year.

The details of the arrests emerged when the Police Reform Organising Project (PROP) produced a document that aimed to examine the NYPD's attitude towards race and class.

The report says: "On a recent visit to Brooklyn’s criminal court, PROP volunteers observed that police officers had arrested two Latino men on the charge of 'manspreading' on the subway, presumably because they were taking up more than one seat and therefore inconveniencing other riders."

It also states that the judge "expressed skepticism" over the charges, given that the arrests were made at 12:11am when the subway would have been relatively quiet.

Both men received an ACD - which means that the charges will be dropped providing they avoid arrest for a determined period of time.

In a blog about why men feel the urge to 'spread' and why they need to stop, The Guyliner wrote: "I suspect the reason men do this is very simple: we think we should. Sitting with knees together and legs in tight is a sign of weakness or homosexuality - both social death, of course. So with this overbearing sense of self-consciousness, we have somehow decided that 'legs akimbo' is the norm."