For the month of January, I’m participating in Bloganuary, a daily blogging challenge.
What do people incorrectly assume about you?
I pride myself of living openly and as authentically as I’m capable. To that end, I’d like to think that people don’t really have to make assumptions about me.
I hope that people know where I stand on topics, even those that are considered controversial. I hope that people see me as approachable, that I eagerly welcome discussion, and that I’m not afraid to admit when I’m wrong.
Perhaps I’m thinking too deeply about this question. Maybe the answer isn’t as profound I’m trying to make it out to be.
Honestly, I think the most prevalent assumption people make about me is that I’m a man. And, oh boy, does that presumption show up most frequently when I walk into a women’s restroom!
When I was about 8 years old, I made the mistake of walking into the wrong public bathroom. Once. One lapse of focus. That’s all it took. The overpowering smell of urine clued me into my misstep even before I saw the wall of urinals. I made a promise to myself that day, that I would never, ever not pay attention again when nature called in public.
Before I open the door to a public bathroom, I double-check, no triple-check, the sign to make sure I’m going into the right place. So, I find it ironic when I get informed that, whoa, I’m in the women’s restroom.
No need to fear. Lesbians are women, too 😉
4 thoughts on “Bloganuary: Jan. 9, 2022”
I enjoyed reading your post! You narrated it with sense of humour… But I can only imagine how tiring it could be to be confronted with bathroom policing. But hey, more power to you! 🙂
I found myself in the men’s room at a fancy hotel where I was attending a conference. It did not smell of urine, and there weren’t even any tell-tale urinals to clue me in. So I was whistling to myself and tidying up my curls when a man walked in. He stared at me wide eyed. I stared right back. He blushed profusely, stared at the ground, and squeaked out an apology before scurrying past me to take care of business.
I didn’t realize my error until I’d exited. Oops. And good on him for not making a scene.
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I often use the men’s bathroom when there’s a line at the women’s and no one using the men’s. I think all public bathrooms should be unisex and get rid of the urinals!
Hi Mindy, I think people might assume that you are a tough person. In reality you are strong, but with a deeply feeling heart and can be very soft and caring. I love you just the way you are. Hugs – Oma 🙂
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