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Old 06-15-2015, 12:02 AM
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Females pulling up leg and sitting on foot?

Why do females, young to old, bring one leg up on the couch and basically sit on their foot and ankle?
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Old 06-15-2015, 12:04 AM
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Because it's sometimes more comfortable than crossing your leg over the other leg, which seems like it should be obvious. What sort of explanation were your expecting?
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Old 06-15-2015, 12:12 AM
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Since I suspect there have been few if any peer-reviewed studies on this question, let's move this over to IMHO.

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Old 06-15-2015, 12:18 AM
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It's not "females", it's "some people".

My mother doesn't do it. My sisters in law don't do it. My female cousins don't do it. My aunts by blood or marriage don't do it.

I do it, and one time that I did it at my grandmother's we thought she was about to have a heart attack: "OH! OH! Ohmygod! Ohmygodohmygodohmygod!" "What? What's wrong?"
"She sits like Ignacio!"

We're all reasonably sure my grandpa wasn't female.

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Old 06-15-2015, 12:57 AM
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Yeah, I do it, because on my couch it's more comfortable. For one thing, I sit slightly higher, and the sofa has high arms. I'm male, if there was any question.
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Old 06-15-2015, 01:04 AM
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Another guy who does that. I'm very skinny, and when sitting on hard surfaces, I have the choice of sitting on my bony butt on the concrete/bench/whatever, or sitting on the side of my foot.
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Old 06-15-2015, 01:05 AM
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Its more comfortable than having my feet hanging off the floor. I also like to sit on the floor at home, sometimes I do the cross legged thing, sometimes I sit with my knees in front of me and my legs splayed outside of my hips. The first time hubs saw me doing that, he was worried that I was hurt.

No, I'm just sitting how its comfortable for me.
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Old 06-15-2015, 01:25 AM
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I've never seen a guy do it. So it seems to me like something females or more inclined to do.

The ladies here at my work do it all the time. They'll slip their shoes off under their desk and under the tush that one foot goes. I think it helps them lean forward more easily to.
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Old 06-15-2015, 02:53 AM
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I think it helps them lean forward more easily to.

Yeah. I sit like this all the time because I find it more comfortable for my hips (my hip and shoulder joints are really loose, so my arms/legs can just slide around and partially dislocate really easily).



But another reason is that it's super handy when you're short, especially if the seat/chair/couch is deep. If I sit fully back with both legs in front of me, most of the time my legs won't be long enough for my feet to be squarely planted on the floor (and it's not uncommon for my feet to not even reach the floor if I sit fully back). The tucked-under leg helps push me forward and up when I want to stand.
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Old 06-15-2015, 02:58 AM
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I'm old and male. I have never even heard of/remember seeing this.

I tried my interpretation of what is being discussed.

OUCH!

I'm guessing this is a young person's trick.
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I suspect that it has to do with being short, and women tend to be shorter than men so they are more likely to do it. If your feet don't touch the ground when you're sitting in the chair, sometimes it feels more natural to fold your body up when you're sitting. I'm 4'11" and male, and I do it frequently.
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Old 06-15-2015, 03:22 AM
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Um...I'm 6'3".
I don't care about sitting "taller", but I think I may tend to sit straighter when I'm doing it.
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Too late to edit.

More data points - I'm 48, and I've been doing it as long as I can remember. I only do it on my left leg/foot; I just thought of doing it on my right and it just seems....wrong. I don't care to try it. I'm very right-handed, though I don't suppose that has much to do with it.
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I frequently sit with both feet and legs tucked up under the tusch (sitting "indian style"). As I get older and my bad knee is less and less cooperative that leg doesn't always want to but tucked up as much, so I'm sitting one leg tucked and one un-tucked more often these days.

Yes, it's more a young person thing, but that's because older folks frequently become less flexible. I've retained a lot of mine, so I still do it.
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Old 06-15-2015, 07:39 AM
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All this time I assumed people who sat like that were circus folks.
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Another male who does it frequently. It's just more comfortable.
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Old 06-15-2015, 08:48 AM
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Mark me down as another who sees it commonly among women but I have never seen a guy do it. I thought it was like the standing pose with legs straight, one leg over the other, with both feet flat on the ground that I have only ever seen women do.
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48. Male. Sit like this all the time. No idea why it's just more comfortable for some reason. I'm more comfortable with my left leg up but I make an effort to switch to right leg up from time to time.
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I've never done it as far as I can remember. At work, I sat on my chair with both feet on the floor. In fact, unless I'm in a recliner, both feet are on the floor.
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Old 06-15-2015, 08:55 AM
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47, female, not that short (5'6") and don't care about being taller...... and I've done this my whole life. It's just more comfortable. My legs begin to feel restless if they are just flat on the floor and I never really got into the habit of crossing my legs; only time I do that is when I'm wearing a skirt. I usually tuck the right foot up, but I'll switch if it's getting crampy.

Now that you mention it, I haven't seen many guys do it either. I wonder, in the informative stages, is it not considered manly?
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Old 06-15-2015, 09:01 AM
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Guys who admit to this, please also also tell us if you are circus people or not.
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I'm sure someone has called me a clown before now, but not to my face that I can recall.
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Old 06-15-2015, 09:29 AM
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57 year old male. Done this all my life. Only on my left foot though.

I just tried sitting on my right foot and it was immediately uncomfortable and almost painful. Weird.
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Old 06-15-2015, 09:58 AM
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Guys who admit to this, please also also tell us if you are circus people or not.
I'm a male. Pretty skinny and very flexible (not to Circus freak level though).

I'll sit on my foot frequently. Often its to get a bit higher I think. But I do find it comfortable.

I also prefer peeing sitting down by far. And I hate sports.

John Wayne I am not.
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Old 06-15-2015, 10:33 AM
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I do it and I'm a bloke.

I think.
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Old 06-15-2015, 10:36 AM
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Guys who admit to this, please also also tell us if you are circus people or not.
I'm:

41
A wee bit overweight
Kind of active and flexible (I dance Lindy Hop regularly)
A computer programmer

Much like someone else said, I'm right handed and usually tuck the left leg under me. I am doing it right now, as I type.
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Old 06-15-2015, 11:19 AM
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I sit with my right leg tucked under me sometimes, usually while on the couch, sometimes in my chair at work. I'm trying to quit, though because it puts my left hip out of whack. I have no idea why I sit like this, I've never thought about it much.
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Old 06-15-2015, 11:20 AM
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I'm a tall female (well 5'8") with short legs and I sit like this all the time. It definitely feels better much of the time than the natural angle of the dangle of my leg.

When I am driving on a long trip I often put my hand under my thigh. Something about that little boost in angle really relieves pressure.
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Old 06-15-2015, 01:02 PM
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I'm a 5'4'' female, and I sit like this occasionally. My computer chair doesn't get high enough for me, so I sit on my foot to give me more lift. More often I sit with both feet under my posterior (kind of seiza style) and hold the side of one foot with the toes of the other foot.
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Old 06-15-2015, 01:13 PM
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Guys who admit to this, please also also tell us if you are circus people or not.
Grandpa wasn't. Stayed pretty slim all his life; not sure how tall he was, "on the tall side" for his age group but not extremely so. He was a Merchant Ship Captain and worked as his city's treasurer for several decades. About as far from being a circus person as they come, but from what I hear he'd consider it a compliment to be mistaken for one


I'm left-footed and the ankle that gets tucked up is the right.

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I'm not very tall. The distance between table and chair, as a result, is just a little too big for me. Every table, desk, counter, off just enough not to be really all that comfortable to write, type, eat, etc. The simplest solution, for me, has always been, to sit on one leg. Voila---now it's the right height!

Standing at a counter that's a titch too high, or having your feet not reach the floor from your seat makes one feel less than adult, no matter your age.

As I get older, my ankles and knees are less accommodating to this activity. I may need to find a new strategy.
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Old 06-15-2015, 01:36 PM
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Left & Right footedness....... Can that be a word today?

When teaching people to water ski on a salomon ski, they learn faster on average if right handed people put their left foot in front & vice a versa...

Also people who have had ballroom dance lessons will put the left food forward & learn faster that way.

There are not an insignificant number of people who do it the other wayt but on average..........

YMMV -- ya ya, I know people that are right handed & right footed, but ...... when teaching water skiing.....
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Old 06-15-2015, 02:44 PM
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I thought it was like the standing pose with legs straight, one leg over the other, with both feet flat on the ground that I have only ever seen women do.
The what?
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I think don't ask is talking about that model pose where they place the legs in an almost-crossed-feet position. It visually softens the curves of the leg shape; add being propped up on something so feet aren't flat but continuing the line and even I look thin. It's similar to the starting position in ballet with the feet in third position (a search for "ballet feet position" says).

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I sit like this all the time. I'm 5'5" if that helps. I think it's more comfortable than both feet on the ground/

BTW, my feet are naturally pronated. If I lay flat, my feet will turn outward.
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Guys who admit to this, please also also tell us if you are circus people or not.
Not a circus person. Thin, and fairly flexible, but it's not like I do yoga or anything. Thinking about it, it may be difficult to do if you've got big thighs, but I'm not sure.
It's looking like handedness may have something to do with which foot you tuck under.
I've never had anyone comment on my doing this, so I never realized it may be considered odd. It's just comfortable.
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It takes pressure off the tailbone. I have some kind of congenital malformation of mine, and it gets really sore, so it's definitely worth the relief to have my foot fall asleep.
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I'm a guy, 59, and I sit like this all the time. Almost always my left leg goes under. It takes the pressure off my butt, because the leg goes under the top part of the thigh rather than right on the points of my boney butt. I sit this way for hours when I'm reading at home.
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Why do females, young to old, bring one leg up on the couch and basically sit on their foot and ankle?
Who cares, its hot. I'm into weird things.
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I've done this all my life. (5'2" and ...uh....chunky, so it's hard to cross my legs now), but I do the tuck and sit on foot thing still. Foot falls asleep, and getting up onto my feet can be a bit painful, ow ow ow. I do the sitting-like-an-Indian double tuck, too, but not for too long.

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I would assume that females do it because they find it comfortable. I know that's why I do it (I'm a guy)...in fact, I'm sitting that way right now.
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Female, "middle aged", and I find myself doing this all the time. I think it's easier to get myself "sat down" with that leg to help with lowering me. Trouble is, after a half hour or so I realize that's painful, and then it's a hassle to get the now-cramped leg stretched out (I almost always sit with my feet stretched out along the couch).
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I'm doing it right now.

I'm tall (5'9"), and I don't really sit ON the foot -- my foot is under my thigh but closer to my knee than my butt -- so it's not a need-more-height thing, for me. There's very few chairs, benches, sofas, whatever, where my feet can't be flat on the floor.

It's comfortable, sometimes moreso than just sitting up straight. I usually tuck the left leg (and lean against the left arm of the chair, stretching out my mousing arm), but all this talk of which leg got me curious if I could be comfortable the other way, so I tried it. Right leg tucked, also comfortable.

I'm right leg dominant. In circus class the teachers encourage you to climb the apparatus switching off with both sides, but I'm a real idiot climbing on my left.

Yes, I suppose this (technically) makes me a circus person. (Not a guy, though.)
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I'm male, used to sit this way when I was into yoga and martial arts, used to get a weird response from other guys.
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I'm male, used to sit this way when I was into yoga and martial arts, used to get a weird response from other guys.
I'm hearing caliope music. Amiright?
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I suspect that it has to do with being short, and women tend to be shorter than men so they are more likely to do it. If your feet don't touch the ground when you're sitting in the chair, sometimes it feels more natural to fold your body up when you're sitting. I'm 4'11" and male, and I do it frequently.
This is why I tuck up my feet. Being short, I find it more comfortable than having my feet dangle over the edge. I wouldn't do it on an office chair though because of the swiveling.
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Female, mid-40's, on the short side, not a circus person - I don't do it. It's not comfortable to me.
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I do it because it's WAY more comfortable for me to have one or both legs crossed. I have to consciously keep from doing it in settings where it wouldn't be appropriate.

I am short, old and female. My sister, also female and old, but over 6ft. tall does it. My son, male and middle aged and 6' tall, also does it. My youngest grandson, 15 years old and 5'9" does it.

Somewhere there's a leg crossing gene laying around in my family.
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I'm gonna wager that it is more common in shorter people for all the offered reasons.

When I drove a truck/van for three years, quite often I would see a young petite woman in the car on my left side at a stop light. Remarkable how many times they had their left leg tucked under their butt/right leg.
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