Body language

Helen Mirren hates a man putting his arm around a woman’s shoulder

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Helen Mirren, the celebrated British actress, has always been outspoken about gender equality — in and outside of Hollywood — but this time she has a very specific bone to pick. “It annoys me when I see men with an arm slung round their girlfriend’s shoulders. It’s like ownership. Of course, when you’re young you want the guy to take your hand and look after you”, Mirren said in an interview with the Mail on Sunday, adding: “But when I see girls being leaned on, I want to say, ‘Tell him to get his damned arm off your shoulder’.” Mirren suggested that women still have a long way to go in terms of gender equality, saying they are “still toddlers in this modern world, trying to find their position in the age of sexual liberation, birth control, education and financial independence”. She went on to speak about marrying at a later age (as she did, at 52) saying it was a “very good idea” — echoing comments she made earlier this year at the Women in the World Summit in New York, where she argued that the most important thing to teach our daughters was to “gain financial independence.”

Read the full story at The Telegraph.

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