People Watching Gives Powerful Insight

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People watching is the act of observing individuals and their interactions, usually without them knowing. This gives us powerful insight into different aspects of gender, sexuality, race and class. My partner, Peter Wise and I, were able to go to Tolliver one evening to collect data. We both watched different genders, looking for things such as body language, clothing and posture, and generated our own notes on the subjects. While data collecting, we were searching for different signs of how gender, sexuality, race, and class are present on this campus. Along the lines of gender, we were able to see differences among males and females that are rather obvious and some that were completely out of the norm. Postures and body language give us insight into a person's gender, but like most other classifications, are not mutually exclusive to one group or the other. Numerous females were observed sitting in positions of "proper" posture with their legs or ankle crossed under them, while males would tend to sit in postures that were more slouchy and open. Females tended to speak to one another when sitting at a same sex table, as opposed to males who had minimal conversation while among same sex friends. Yet, in some cases among mixed gender groups, males seemed to hang on every word that a female would communicate and be incredibly "interested" in what they had to say. Females also tended to "speak" with more body language surrounded by members of the opposite sex. Another
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