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Friday. 7.11.08 6:05 am
I just read a post by California Gal about her son. She posted a photo of her son and asked if he looked like a girl. He's a cute looking kid but still looks like a boy to me. But then, maybe non-Asians can't readily see the gender difference in Asians? They need other cues like clothing, cosmetics, or voice. This reminded me of an embarrassed look I received a few months back.
It was February in Virginia. As usual, I was running late to school. I had just taken a shower, thrown on my clothes and gather my stuff for the day. The day was sunny and bright, but cuttingly cold with a brisk breeze, so I threw on my knee-length parka, wrapped a wool muffler around my neck and put on my sunglasses. I didn't have time to dry my shoulder length hair so instead of putting it in a pony tail and risk letting it get all smelly, I did as I usually do: I let it air dry.
The walk to the Metro is a short seven minutes, and with the wind blowing, my hair was drying rather nicely despite the cold. As I was about to enter the Metro station, a rather big burly black dude abruptly approached me, as if to ask me something.
When I stopped, he asked, "Hey, babe, you gotta light?"
Okay, I'm not that skinny, but I guess a long puffy parka can seem to hide a girlish figure. My sunglasses perhaps would disguise the fact that I was not wearing make-up. Still... Babe? *sigh* So with my long hair flowing in the breeze, I responded:
His eyes grew large, and all he could do was sputter, "uh, oh, uh, okay," and he walked away, face looking rather flushed. Dude, I thought, I swear I didn't mean to embarrass you.
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Up through my teenage years, I would answer the phone at my house and be referred to as "ma'am." So not only was I apparently female, but I was also a somewhat older female.
At least I'm not the only one in my family this sort of thing happened to. When I took my little sister out for ice cream one time, the lady behind the counter asked me if the "little boy" wanted anything.... My sister was pretty annoyed.
» ranor on 2008-07-11 11:27:01
my cousin angela didn't have hair until she was almost 2..even when they pierced her ears everyone thought she was a boy...
» invisibleinkling on 2008-07-11 12:36:40
Guys with long hair and can pull it off are hot. =]
» frostbitten on 2008-07-11 01:39:15
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