A law student has embarked on an anti-manspreading campaign – by splashing a concoction of water and bleach on to men’s crotches on underground trains.
Anna Dovgalyuk is accusing men of “gender aggression” and has decided to take action.
Men sitting with their legs spread wide on public transport are guilty of “a disgusting act that is being fought around the world – but hushed up here”, the 20-year-old has said.
She went into battle against manspreading in the St Petersburg metro, in Russia.
She used a mix of 30 litres of water and six litres of bleach into the groin areas of men she deemed to be sitting in an offensive manner.
The feminist warned her targets in a video: “This solution is 30 times more concentrated than the mixture used by housewives when doing the laundry.
“It eats colours in the fabric in a matter of minutes – leaving indelible stains.”
Speaking about the men she threw the liquid Anna said: “We not only cooled the manspreading down but also marked them with identification spots!
“So everyone can immediately understand which body part controls the behaviour of these men.”
She claimed her video was dedicated "to all men for whom manspreading is the norm of conduct”.
The student claimed to be acting “on behalf of everyone who has to endure the manifestations of you declaring your macho qualities on public transportation”.
Calling herself a “social activist”, Anna has previously achieved worldwide attention by flashing her underwear to commuters to raise awareness for upskirting laws in Russia.
Today Russian news outlet Rosbalt claimed that her video was a sham – and that she had used actors.
But the campaigning student flatly denied this.
“My action is absolutely real,” she said, denying it was linked to an organisation specialising in online stunts.
She admitted that no commuters had sued her so far.
"I don’t think people are going to go to the police to file a report about jeans,” she said.
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