I’m been thinking about preconceived notions. I don’t know, maybe it’s because I am getting older and my patience is heading south along with my… well, you know. But they’re really getting to me.
Why, for instance, do corporate executives believe they are entitled to jumbo bonuses when the companies they manage are going under?
And why is it appropriate to pay sports figures huge sums of money to play a game when so many hard-working people are barely making enough to get by, if they make even that much?
Why do car salesmen (yes, salesmen, because I hope saleswomen know better) think that only men are capable of buying a car?
Why are tall men more competent to do a job? Or thin women? And why is any woman less competent in the first place?
Why do men become distinguished looking as they get older while women turn into crones?
Why do so many younger people think that someone becomes less intelligent and hard of hearing as they get older? “Maybe if I speak really simple sentences really loudly, she’ll understand…” And why do they think an older person has nothing interesting to say anyway?
Along those same lines, why do some English speakers assume that the non-English speaker will understand more if spoken to more loudly? And why do so many American travelers in a foreign country expect everyone there to understand English?
Why do some high-end restaurants assume the man is picking up the tab and give the “little woman” the menu with no prices on it?
Why do young parents believe that everyone thinks their little darlings are adorable, even when they’re behaving like they’ve been raised by wolves? This seems especially true in restaurants.
Why do food manufacturers think the way to make low-fat foods taste better is to add tons of sugar? Or salt? Why do the words “restricted diet” and “delicious” seem like an oxymoron?
Why do the designers of public restrooms assume that only three women will ever need to visit at one time? And that all three of them are short?
Why are the only fashionable women under a size 12 in the minds of clothing manufacturers? Do larger women not care about being dumpy or wearing a full-body polyester outfit in garish colors?
And while we’re on the subject of fashion, why do shoe manufacturers assume all women have small feet? And if they do have larger feet, those feet are narrow?
Why are so many preconceived notions so ill-conceived? I don’t know, and I’m just an incompetent woman who doesn’t know any better anyway. So I’ll just walk my large, dumpy (but colorful) self away, clomping along unstylishly in my men’s sneakers, and go play mah jong with my other crone friends. Or something.