Photo of the day

Apparently, Elena Kagan never crosses her legs when sitting.  The caption to the photo mentions this as a habit of women, I was under the impression it was a habit of humans.

The accompanying article is replete with body language analysis, of which I’m not sure I buy.  Here’s a sample:

In the photographs of Kagan sitting and chatting in various Capitol Hill offices, she doesn’t appear to ever cross her legs. Her posture stands out because for so many women, when they sit, they cross. People tend to mimic each other’s body language during a conversation, especially if they’re trying to connect with one another. But even when Kagan sits across from Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who has her legs crossed at the knees, Kagan keeps both feet planted firmly on the ground. Her body language will not be bullied into conformity.

Conformity or not, I’m simply more comfortable with my legs crossed.

More DADT craziness

There was an interesting story in the N&O yesterday about a student at Chapel Hill who was dropped from ROTC and is now forced to repay the $90k cost of her out-of-state scholarship after coming out as a lesbian.  She was planning on being a military doctor.  Is there any role where it really matters less that she’s homosexual (probably, but when was the last time you found yourself concerned about the sexual orientation of your doctor when they were treating you?).  What a stupid waste of someone that sounds like she would have gone on to make a great doctor for the Army.   Every defender of the policy always talks about the difficulty of having a homosexual as a member of front-line combat troops in their incredibly cramped and intimate living conditions.  You know what?  There may be something to that.  But, if so, what in the world does that have to do with doctors, lawyers, intelligence specialists, linguists, etc., who’ve all been drummed out of the military.  Lacking any evidence, I nonetheless strongly suspect that homosexuals in the military have a huge self selection away from units/roles where their sexuality is likely to present a problem.  I certainly understand what the young woman in this case did, but part of me cannot help asking, “would it have been so wrong to just keep it to yourself for another year or two?”  Surely, DADT will be gone, or at least dramatically scaled back, within a couple years.  Would it have truly been that horrible to wait?  Anyway, maybe for her, I suppose.  Anyway, really interesting story.

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