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Why don’t men wear their masks on their noses?

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Hello, Broadsheet readers! Estonia receives its first female prime minister, it’s time to look into Vicki Hollub’s legacy at Western Oiland the men can’t figure out how to wear their masks. Have a productive Monday.

– Do you hide? Last week, the New York Times tried to answer a question which has tormented us for 10 months now: why do men seem to have such a hard time wearing their face mask?

You must have noticed the trend by now. The guy who does his shopping at the grocery store. A family of four walking down the street, mom and children in masks – but the father’s mask doesn’t quite reach his nostrils.

Or, like science journalist James Gorman, it might have caught your eye at the inauguration, when President Bill Clinton, Supreme Court Justice John Roberts, and President Barack Obama all had mask slips under. -nasal. (He didn’t notice a woman made the same mistake last Wednesday.)

President Bill Clinton’s mask slips under his nose during President Joe Biden’s inauguration.
Caroline Brehman-Pool / Getty Images

“It’s not a Democratic thing. Or a Republican thing. Or an inaugural thing, ”he wrote. “It’s a masculine thing. It’s like manspreading, but with masks. Call it manslipping. “

It’s not like women haven’t taken their masks off for a while, but Gorman has given a name to a trend – and he comes up with a few theories as to why this particular problem seems to plague (no pun intended) them. wearers of male masks. Are men’s noses too big for masks? Do people need more air? But ultimately, he provides evidence debunking these theories, including male doctors who wear masks all day.

Still, it is better to wear a bad mask than not to wear one at all (although viral load in the nose compared to the throat may ask to differ!). And the occasional slip is different from a lingering style under the nose.

At the end of this story, we have more questions than answers. Even though manslipping has more serious consequences than propagation and manterrupting, it can – like these offenses – remain a mystery that has never been solved.

Emma Hinchliffe
emma.hinchliffe@fortune.com
@_emmahinchliffe



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