Several months back, whilst browsing one of my favourite beauty sites, I stumbled across an article titled 9 Things Girls With Big Feet Can Relate To and of course, I had to read it since I can toooootally relate. In it, the author Sam (my shoe size twin, give or take) recounts all the stupid things people have said to her about her size 10 Australian feet (a couple of which I've had as well) and it got me thinking about what other stupid assumptions people have made of me in both the past and the present:
|via Wikipedia....and what I feel like doing every time someone says stupid shit like this.|
"Why are you single? You're so pretty!"
If my looks had anything to do with the ability to gain a boyfriend/husband, I would've been girlfriended/wifed up by now. I hate to tell you this people, but looks will only get you so far. If you can't back that up with a dazzling personality or rapier wit or some other attractive quality, then I (like to) think you're going to lose out. (Oh & btw, the real reason why I'm still single is I'm a socially anxious hermit with a tendency to display closed body language, which therefore makes it hard for a man to approach....or so I've been told.)
"You should be a model/play basketball/play netball."
If I had a dollar for every time someone said this to me 😒....seriously people, not every tall person is cut out to grace the catwalks or play in the NBA! Besides, (a) I don't wish to starve myself nor shove orange juice-soaked cotton balls down my throat in a desperate attempt to feel full and (b) any "dreams" I may have had of playing netball were quickly shot down by my Year 4 teacher Mrs Boyd, who coached my school's netball teams. She told me that unless I wanted to keep my long fingernails short, I couldn't play. You can guess what happened next. 😉 #beautypriorities
"You don't need to wear heels because you're tall enough."
As much as I prefer to wear flat shoes, every now & again I like to feel a bit "girly" (for lack of a better term) and so I will pop a pair of heels or wedges on (if I can find a pair - I only own 1 pair of each). They're all within the 2-3 inch (5-7cm) range, so it's not like I'm wearing stilettos or anything; yet some people (mostly those who aren't blessed with height) have still felt the need to say some variation on the above phrase, even when I'm not wearing heels. So what? Who cares if I wear them? The world doesn't cave in every single time a supermodel steps out in 6 inch stilettos; so don't make me feel bad for deciding to extend my height on occasion.
"Gosh you're so skinny!"
Said one of my aunts almost every time she saw me in the last 5-10 years or so and my God it was annoying, especially since I've been within the same weight range during that time + I do happen to eat thank you very much. (She's since stopped saying it...maybe because I called her on it out aloud?) Besides, it's not like I never ate in front of her, she's seen me pack it away. I was also on the receiving end of a similar line whilst out with my folks at an Italian restaurant earlier in the year & I sincerely hope the waiter saw me stuff half a vegetarian pizza into my belly because I'm tired of people looking at me in that way.
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What stupid assumptions have people made of you in the past or present?