Studies say that 90% of communication is non-verbal, and as progressives know, effective communication, albeit one-sided and rhetorical, is key to spreading our message of peace, tolerance and understanding (of everyone but conservatives, Christians and white males). Therefore, it is essential that we understand how to use body language to maximize our impact, including effective facial expressions, posture, gait and physical antics.
The first and most important body language technique, which every progressive should have under their belt, is a fierce and threatening glare. When you express moral outrage, you need to back it up with an angry facial expression, wide eyes and an upright combat-ready posture, letting everyone know that if they dare question what you say, you are ready to transform into a crazy wild animal, screaming and shouting abuse and moral condemnation at your adversaries and creating an all-round embarrassing scene. This will warn people not to question you in any way, allowing you to repeat progressive narratives with impunity while your critics cower in silence.
Another technique, which is very useful at protests when being confronted by conservatives, is to flail your arms wildly and scream, shifting unpredictably into many different postures and darting back into the crowd and then back at your opponents again. This disorients your critics, and makes it harder for them to get their message across coherently. If they stutter in exasperation, you can then prompt them for an immediate response, capitalizing on their state of confusion by making it look as if they are unsure of themselves.
Next, we have the sullen, discontent look, which is indicated by a frown, accompanied with an aggressive, defiant gait and posture. This is again useful for scaring away anyone who might question your narratives, by letting them know that they will have a fight on their hands if they do. We also have the exact opposite style, which is to have a smug, content look on your face, with eyes closed and head tilted back, as you chant progressive slogans, signalling that you are so sure of yourself that there is no point in arguing with you.
From eye-rolling to laughing, to holding your hands up innocently while blocking and ramming conservative marches, progressives have a range of body language tools at their disposal. So let’s get out there and let conservatives know that no matter how much reason and evidence they throw at us, we will not be divided and resistance is futile.