"My editor was surprised to learn that men run into me sometimes.
Several months ago, as I happened to mention to him, I’d experimented
with not moving aside for other pedestrians on the sidewalk. I wasn’t
rude about it, and exceptions were made for octogenarians,
stroller-pushing parents, etc. etc. But in the choreography of sidewalk
ballet, one party generally scoots to the side while the other carries
on. I’d spent my life scooting, and I wondered what would happen if for
a few weeks I didn’t.
What happened was that women got out of the way. What happened was that
I realized something: Women had always gotten out of the way. Without
even making eye contact, we’d automatically rotated around the sidewalk
like two repelled magnets.
What happened was that men ran into me."
Via Jennifer Freeman, who wrote "News article to remember next time
some male says they have to manspread because otherwise their boys get a
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