Body Language Around the Table

Body Language Around the Table

Cultures also define gender appropriate positions when we sit. Women are to sit up straight with knees together, using minimal space. Men lean back, display muted interest, legs spread – taking up maximum space. In subways, this is called manspread.

Why does this happen so consistently? It happens because there is cultural reinforcement everywhere. Can you picture a basketball player on the bench with his knees and feet together?

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