You’ll probably notice that men tend to sit widely, with their legs open, and women tend to sit with their legs crossed or together.
Why is this? Obviously women aren’t born with the instinct to sit with their legs together, nor are men born with the instinct to sit with their legs apart. It’s socialization.
The ways in which we sit are gendered (like pretty much everything else that we do) and is something we learn through observation, or perhaps even direct education. Have you ever had someone tell you to “sit like a lady?” That’s socialization.
When you hear your mom talk about how fat she is or your uncle make a sexist joke; when you see diet pill commercials on television or listen to your babysitter call someone a slut – these instances don’t just go over your head, as many people like to believe. In reality, you’re taking in these messages.
And although one of these moments might not seem like it can make much of an impact, thousands of them will — and do.
These messages will not only become a part of how you think and perceive the world, but how you think and perceive yourself.
That is, in short, how internalized misogyny becomes an involuntary part of your thinking."
i never sit with legs crossed, and neither do my female friends. actually no girl/woman i know sits with legs crossed… maybe it also depends on countries?(via pssincerelyadventure)