If you’re a woman who takes public transportation, chances are you’ve had this problem before: a man sitting next to you has his legs spread so wide that you barely have any room for your own legs. Well, a collective of Turkish feminists has had enough of this rude behavior. They’ve launched an online campaign to shame men into stopping, using the hashtags #bacaklarinitopla (“Stop Spreading Your Legs”) and #yerimisgaletme (“Don’t Occupy My Space”).
It certainly seems to have hit a nerve – the hashtags reached the list of top trending topics not just in Turkey, but worldwide. Some women who joined in on the conversation even posted photos they’d surreptitiously snapped of men occupying their leg room.
The campaign organisers are also encouring women to print out their slogans and wear them as stickers while riding public transit.