“A man would not be caught dead in here without a woman.”
“It’s just so girlie in here.”
Two couples walked in. A group of teenage girls walked in. A mother and daughter walked in, leaving a male companion in the car parked directly outside. As I am starting to think about why a man would be so insecure as to limit his dessert impulses, my husband asks, “Why are there no windows in that gym? And why do women need all-female gyms?” referring to the windowless, all women’s gym across the street.
“If a woman is being looked at, whether by a man or a woman, they may feel judged.” I reply.
“If I don’t look at you though, you seem to feel ignored. Do I need to look at a particular part of your body so you feel neither judged nor ignored? For example, at your boobs?”
“Well, then I would feel objectified.”
“To recap, the options are feeling judged, ignored, or objectified?”
“What an awful way to live. No wonder women are so anxious.”
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