Friday, May 08, 2009


I'm not sure exactly what it is about me, and I think a lot of women feel this way, but I think I really do receive more unwelcome commentary on my appearance on the street than the average woman. It's bizarre, because I'm incredibly average - 9 out of 10 times I'm in jeans and sneakers, I'm neither fat nor thin, I have light brown hair, etc.

The thing about me is my hips/derriere are, well, not average. My waist is small and my hips are wide, and my booty's round, and that's where the vast number of loudmouths get their inspiration. I'm incredibly lucky to be with a man who loves that about me, who feels about my shape like other men feel about large breasts, so in the past couple of years I've definitely gotten a bit less hate-y about my shape.

Often the comments are appreciative (but still gross and unwanted), sometimes they're downright mean, or sound that way on the receiving end. I think I'm going to keep track, see if it takes the sting out a little. I'm not giving them any power or fame by doing this here on my little page, and it might make me feel better. We'll see.

Of course, this morning was no exception. I was walking to the bus stop, and passed two men. Said one,

"Mmm hips is wide like a horse!"

On a scale of 1-5 of hurty-ness, I give this one a 3. Could be worse, but still sucks. As for accuracy, he actually did pretty well. Horses to get wide in the back, and they're strong, just like me. If he said I was built like a horse he'd be wrong - my legs aren't skinny, I have much better calves (haha) - but he just called out my hips. So I give him a 4 for accuracy.


cwg said...

the guys that are commenting are doing so because they think your hips are hot, even if they don't had the good sense to make a comment like, "hey, hot mama! i love your child-bearing hips! so sexy!" i know it is bothersome, but just look at them all as unintended compliments and feel proud of the number of men in the world who do, in fact, like some a along with their t.

Sarah Booz said...

People are jerks. But yes, like cwg said, he probably meant it as a compliment. Because people are retarrrrded.

SaintTigerlily said...

Once, and this is true, a girl I knew (very pale - especially pale for our neighborhood in Harlem) received the dubious cat-call (ready? are you sure?):

"Mm-mm-mm, milk of MAG-nesia."

Usually I just get called snowflake.

Men rule.