Freitag, Mai 29, 2015

New York: U-Bahn-Fahrer wegen "Manspreading" verhaftet

Smash the patriarchy!

New York police allegedly arrested two men for "manspreading" (sitting with their legs far apart) on the subway, according to a report entitled "That’s How They Get You" released by the Police Reform Organizing Project.

“On a recent visit to the arraignment part in Brooklyn’s criminal court, PROP volunteers observed that police officers had arrested two Latino men on the charge of ‘man spreading’ on the subway, presumably because they were taking up more than one seat and therefore inconveniencing other riders,” the report states.

(...) The "no manspreading" rule in particular, however, got most of the publicity after feminist activists attacked "manspreading" as being not just rude and/or annoying but actually oppressive to women. Now there’s no doubt that some dude taking up enough room for two people on a crowded train is annoying — but the report claims that the arrests occurred late at night, when the train probably would have been pretty empty: "Before issuing an [adjournment contemplating dismissal] for both men, the judge expressed her skepticism about the charge because of the time of the arrests: ‘12:11AM, I can’t believe there were many people on the subway."

(...) All-in-all, the report listed nearly 120 allegations of abuse, including one claim that a Latino teenager was charged for having a backpack next to him on the train, and that officers "arrested him — cuffed and confined him overnight — when they ran a check and found that he had an outstanding warrant for skateboarding in a Middle Village, Queens park after dark."

Hier findet man den vollständigen Artikel von Katherine Timpf. Die feministische und die konservative Repression gehen mal wieder Hand in Hand. Wenn die zitierten Beispiele repräsentativ sind, liegt auch eine intersektionelle Diskriminierung bezüglich Geschlecht, ethnischer Herkunft und möglicherweise sozialer Schicht vor. Absurderweise bleibt innerhalb der Linken Männlichkeit als Diskriminierungsmerkmal weithin ausgeblendet.

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