This is me when I was 24.
“Another thing I notice is the way all the men in your photos point their toes straight ahead or outwards. Assertive or dominant postures. Women often do those things too but there’s also the submissive, girlish posture with toes turned inwards. As in the photo at the top of your blog. We can see only the feet, and a shadow of the body which doesn’t clearly indicate the person’s gender. But as soon as I saw that photo I read it as a girly girl because of the toes turned inwards, and the flowers painted on the boots.
Several times I’ve been friendly with trans women (=male to female trans people) who asked my advice about how to look feminine. One piece of advice is to stand or sit with your feet and legs close together, and with your toes pointing inwards or straight ahead. You can look very girly, even in Doc Marten boots.”
I never thought about it this way.
For most of my childhood I had short hair (Well.. I’ve had a lot of different hair styles) and a lot of times people mistook me for being a little boy. It wasn’t until I hit puberty that I was aware of the way I looked. You know, that time when the comments start and it seems as if everybody is trying to dissect you like a naked little frog.
“Don’t whistle, don’t walk with your hands in your pocket, sit with your legs closed together, don’t burp”
I think part of me dressing and acting ‘feminine’ now, stems from those comments and what is accepted in society as normal. I love being a woman (it’s like playing dress-up every day) but there is something very contradicting about the way we consciously or subconsciously behave and the way we want to be treated. That already our body language alone, indicates a more submissive and less assertive or dominant role.
I haven’t entirely made up my mind about body postures and what this means or doesn’t mean for female emancipation – but it would be interesting to find out, when you change your assumed body postures how your surrounding responds to that.