Anti-#manspreading chair designer receives ’backlash’ - BBC News
A student has faced an “unpleasant backlash” over her award-winning chair designed to stop “manspreading”.
Laila Laurel, from Norwich, won a major award for the seat which is crafted so that men sit with their legs closed.
She said the “concept” chair was inspired by her experiences of men “infringing on my space in public”.
But since the award, she said: “I have received a lot of explicit messages from men who seem to be under the impression that I hate all men.”
The University of Brighton student said this “couldn’t be further from the truth frankly”.
The term “manspreading” refers to the practice of someone sitting with their knees so far apart it encroaches on the personal space of people next to them.