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Legs crossed, hip to the side… Our photo poses show that no matter what a woman is up to she’s judged on her looks

Ciara Kelly


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Angelina Jolie made headlines at the 2012 Academy Awards with her jutting leg pose, while then partner Brad Pitt adopted a more relaxed stance

Angelina Jolie made headlines at the 2012 Academy Awards with her jutting leg pose, while then partner Brad Pitt adopted a more relaxed stance

Angelina Jolie made headlines at the 2012 Academy Awards with her jutting leg pose, while then partner Brad Pitt adopted a more relaxed stance

As you know, I’m a keen observer of social dynamics and of particular interest to me is the interaction between men and women. The debate still rages on whether women have reached equality in the West – they’re clearly miles away from equality in most of the world – but how will we know for sure when it’s actually arrived? Will it be a blanket 50/50 in the boardroom? Will inequality just fizzle out like a nasty pandemic?

Well, I’ve helpfully developed the acid test — so we can check where we stand, as it were. And it is all about our standing. I think we’ll know that women have achieved social parity when we no longer stand weirdly in photos.


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