Someone wrote…

Today I was about to enter a public restroom just as the attendant was exiting, when she caught sight of me and promptly planted herself in front of the door, barring my way and pointed further down the corridor.

I looked at the sign to make sure it was the women’s, and it was, and then I looked at her in confusion for the longest time, wondering what on earth she was doing.Then I remembered, silly me, I look like a male, and I said loudly and gleefully ‘I’m a LADY!’, whereupon she stood aside with an embarrassed smile. I couldn’t stop laughing for quite some time after.

Most of the time I’m insecure and horribly worried about people giving me evils for the way I look, but for one glorious moment I had forgotten all about myself and had instead learned to laugh at the absurdity others are capable of.

What’s your experience?

And what are you thinking about gender right now?

Posted by on August 26th, 2009 at 08:00 am

Category: your voice 2 comments »

2 Responses to “Absurdity.”

  1. Anonymous

    I have had the same experience in public bathrooms…….but the worst/funniest was shopping for a bra. The woman told me I should go over to the men’s dressing room to try on the 5 bras in my hand. I was confused at first, and then I remembered…….! She was very nervous and embarrassed when I explained things to her.
    Nevermind the fact that I am a size DD………….:)


  2. Aeron

    My partner (biologially male androgyne who usually wears “womens” clothing) has a similar experience when xe goes to buy bras, with cashiers asking “do you want a gift receipt?” to the point where xe just says, “Seriously? I’m just going to take it home and wear it” (especially when buying very plain ones) before leaving the store thoroughly amused.


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