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May 11, 2011 4:02 PM Subscribe
Recently I've become interested in behavioral indicators of class, gender, and status. In particular, I'm interested in what small behaviors would indicate a) femininity and b) higher social status.
posted by Fuego to Human Relations (78 answers total) 87 users marked this as a favorite
The types of behaviors I'm thinking of are things like sitting with knees and ankles together when wearing a skirt or being able to walk gracefully in heels (for femininity) and the stereotype of lifting a cup with one's pinky out (for higher social class). What are other behaviors that would indicate someone being particularly feminine or high class? Think along the lines of "My Fair Lady". What would someone teach a modern-day Eliza Doolittle to do in order to pass as a particularly rich or feminine lady?
I've seen this question
(which seemed to deal more with etiquette and relating to people in a "classy" way) and this question
(which does get at some appearance-related aspects of this). This comment
in particular addresses the type of thing I'm looking for. I'm more interested in the things you can tell from afar, without interacting directly with someone.
Conversely, if you have examples of behavior that indicate a lack of femininity or status, I'd like to hear those too.