Madrid’s transport authorities are taking a stand against seated male selfishness with a campaign to tackle the social scourge that is manspreading.
Fed up with men whose thighs fail to respect the boundaries of bus seats, the Spanish capital’s Municipal Transport Company (EMT) is to put up signs discouraging the practice.
At one point 90-year-old Santos Costa turns from the wall in frustration – “I don’t have anything more to paint,” she says, asking Seixo Rodrigues to dig around in a pile of stencils to find her another piece. Aida Alves, 76, keeps one arm against the wall, protecting her space as she takes a break. “It’s great fun,” she says, and Olinda Rodrigues, 66, standing beside her, agrees. “The more I paint, the more I want to paint,” she says. “I didn’t really like street art that much before this; I always thought it was just kids making a mess of the walls. But now I understand the history behind it and the way of thinking and I appreciate the artists more.” At 59, Maria Manuela Graça is the youngest of the group. She is already forming plans for the future. “I’ll definitely do it again. There’s a wall in my neighbourhood that’d be great to paint on.’