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Manspreading, or man-sitting, is a neologism used to describe a man sitting in public transport with legs wide apart, thereby covering more than one seat. Both this posture and usage of the term "manspreading" have caused some internet criticism, and debates in the USA, UK, Turkey, and Canada. The public debate began when an anti-manspreading campaign was started on the social media website Tumblr in 2013; the term appeared a year later. The Oxford English Dictionary added it as a word in August 2015. The term has been criticized as "a caricature of feminism" and has been juxtaposed with examples of women taking up excessive space in public spaces.