Helen Mirren Thinks It’s Sexist for Men to Put Their Arms Around Their Girlfriends

Girls, your aunt Helen Mirren doesn't approve of your guy slinging his arm around you like that. It's not because she's a prude who hates PDA, and it's not because she hates love. It's because she thinks the arm-hanging move is downright sexist.


Mirren explained her disapproval of this romantic gesture in an interview with the Daily Mail's You magazine. 

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. But when I see girls being leaned on, I want to say, 'Tell him to get his damned arm off your shoulder.'

Darn it, she's kind of right. I get what she's saying, and I've definitely seen it. You know, when you see some lunk dragging a woman around a party, and she never ventures out on her own because his arm is too heavy? And he has that look like, "Here is the woman who is single-handedly propping up my manhood."

But that bit Mirren says about wanting a guy to look after you when you're young -- I think a lot of women can relate to that. Having a guy's arm around you is a creep repellent. It keeps randos from hitting on you. Is that really so bad?

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And what if it's just being affectionate? People who are really into each other like holding each other (obvious statement of the day). It just happens that it's usually the guy with his arm around his girl because he's taller, not because he thinks he owns her. I mean, he probably does. But that's not the point.

Anyway, there's an easy solution to this problem: Find a guy closer to your height or wear high heels so you can put your arm around his shoulders sometimes.


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