Cadence & Posture

How we routinely move through our days, the rhythms, our stance – are all informed by cultural expectations (stereotypes) of gender.

In the west, women have shoulders back, chests out and a walk that moves hips from side to side.  Smaller steps. Men emphasize their power with shoulders and head back and controlled steps. The phrases, “walk like a man,” and “run like a girl” come to mind. 

Should this matter? If part of a person’s unique identity is being a manly man, that person will likely double down – maybe even exaggerate – that difference. Conforming can serve two purposes – strengthening the bond with male friends and appealing to women who are seeking that attribute.

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