Cool Male Move: When Walking, Know Your Place


When walking on the street, the man always walks on the side closest to the street and its traffic. I believe the origins of this have something to do with shielding a lady’s skirts from mud kicked up by passing carriages, and that it makes the linking of arms easier. There are no more carriages around, but the protocol remains, and it’s a male-female nicety that works no matter your relationship.

Many males know about this arrangement, either by instruction or instinct, and will automatically take this position when walking with a woman–or make the switch to reverse places.

I’ve become so used to walking this way, on the inside, that if I happen to be waltzing down the street with a guy it will automatically not feel right if I’m on the outside. To correct positions I’ll usually do a little two-step to switch positions and not say a word.

2 Responses to “Cool Male Move: When Walking, Know Your Place”

  1. So glad to see your posting. Will you be coming back to the East Coast anytime soon?
    I thought that the man wallking on the outside stemmed from the “olden days” when people would throw out their bath water from the second floor. The woman walking on the inside meant that the man would be drenched by the water as opposed to the lady.
    Hope all is well.

    March 12, 2012 @ 7:26 pm
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