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  •  I am a long-haired man... (6+ / 0-)

    I have been since I was in my early teens. When I was younger I used to hear whistles, then when I'd turn to face the whistler and they'd see my face, complete with whatever form of facial hair I had at the time, get a shocked or surprised look and quickly turn away.
    For many years my best friend (also a hippie) and I worked together, we'd carpool to the job generally an hour each way every day. It was pure entertainment to see carloads of teenage boys checking us out, then realize that we were men.
    For whatever reason, I haven't gotten too much shocked or negative reaction in the last decade or so. Of course, I haven't been down south in all that time either. I still remember "Uneasy Rider."

    Anyway, I realize that any problems or confrontations I have had are insignificant compared to what a transgender person must face, but I think it's worth noting that society has made some progress, at least.

    Everybody got to elevate from the norm....

    by Icicle68 on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 12:37:48 PM PDT

    •  Me too (4+ / 0-)
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      rserven, Penny GC, white blitz, aitchdee

      I remember the open prejudice and outright hatred directed at me when I grew up in Simi Valley, California and grew my hair long — even though it was the summer of 1969 when I first had long hair. People wouldn't serve us at restaurants or at little stores. People would yell out all sorts of epithets. We were treated as badly as the black folk and chicanos were back in the day.

      Best education on empathy I ever had. I still have long hair to this day.

      "Societies strain harder and harder to sustain the decadent opulence of the ruling class, even as it destroys the foundations of productivity and wealth." — Chris Hedges

      by Crider on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 12:50:24 PM PDT

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    •  but in the men's room (1+ / 0-)
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      as soon as you unzip your pants the mystery should be solved.

      Same is true of the long-haired kid. All he needed to do was say to the guy, "You're mistaken," and pull his whats-it out of his jeans to go pee. It's understandable that he might not have wanted to do that, given the discomfort, but it probably would have shut the jerk up.

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