«Riot Pant Project»: With pants and humour against «Manspreading»

«Riot Pant Project»: With pants and humour against «Manspreading»

Two female students from Berlin make politics with trousers and humorous gestures: Elena Buscaino (26) and Mina Bonakdar (25) want to set an example against male dominance with the "Riot Pant Project".

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    Designers Mina Bonakdar (l) and Elena Buscaino take on "manspreading" with slogans on the crotch of their trousers and pose in an underground.
  • Riot Pant Project© dpa
    Designers Mina Bonakdar (l) and Elena Buscaino take on "manspreading" with slogans in the crotch of their trousers and pose in an underground.
Slogans can be seen on the trousers when the wearer spreads their legs: "Stop Spreading" or "Give Us Space". The context: when men sit down on a bus or train and spread their legs, this has been called "manspreading" for some years. There have already been campaigns against this "man-spreading" in cities like New York, Madrid or Vienna.
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"The key moment is that it happens every day"

There was no direct reason for the anti-manspreading project for the two students. "The key moment is that it happens every day," says Buscaino. They describe the effect the slogans and the opening of the legs has like this: The sexualisation falls away, the slogans are protection and give strength. They have received a lot of encouragement from friends. In response to criticism that there are more important problems, they say that the question is what can be done. "One problem does not negate the other," says Buscaino.

Source: dpa

| Last edited: Thursday, 28. January 2021 10:18 Uhr

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