A bitch is concerned about the impact of stank eye.
Specifically, I’m concerned by the stank eye many people are subjected to when they buy condoms at their local pharmacy.
This past Saturday a bitch journeyed out and about of my lair because we were out of cranberry juice and that just won’t do. Since I didn’t need a ton of shit I decided to journey to Walgreen’s for a quick swing through. I failed to anticipate that Saturday was Valentines Day…and that there are a lot of last minute sweethearts out there…and that my local Walgreen’s can be slow as a motherfucker…so, I stood in line holding cranberry juice for several minutes (more like 10!!).
Anyhoo, a bitch is a natural observer and took a look at the folks in line with me.
There were several young men purchasing silly ass Valentine shit that would hopefully make up in sentiment what it lacked in originality. The young man in front of me appeared to be itemless…until I glanced down at his hands and noted that he held two packs of condoms. He obviously wasn’t trying to bring attention to his safe-sex purchase, and one of the reasons why was waiting behind the counter to check him out.
As the young condom purchaser set his items on the counter the woman behind the counter leveled the most intense stank eye on him that I’ve seen in a long time.
I’m talking the same level of stank coming from the eyes that this bitch gets from those wooden cross dragging protesters outside of Pridefest each year…mmmhmm, STANK!
I was stunned and then I got pissed.
I’ve purchased condoms before…hell, I used to be the designated condom purchaser for my friends…and I’ve been the recipient of stankified eye before. And I found that shit insulting and intolerable.
Given the fact that St. Louis ranks number one in STIs, this bitch finds that kind of sanctimonious judgment beyond insulting and intolerable.
So, when I came up to purchase my juice I gave Ms. Thang some stank eye right back.
I stared hard…hard as hell…so hard and so filled with angry disgust that when she lifted her eyes to me she physically jerked.
And then she flushed and looked away.
The problem is that Ms. Stank Eye from the Walgreen’s isn’t the exception…she’s far too often the rule.
We need to create an environment where people can purchase condoms with out judgment …be in stank eye or from the other end of the spectrum and equally insulting “I’m so bloody proud of you for using protection!!!” over the top praise.
‘Tis fitting that this is National Condom week, because we really need to commit to raising awareness about condom use and the facts.
And based on what I witnessed whilst shopping at the Walgreen’s, we also need to work on breaking down that stigma and curing the eye stankification condom purchasers face.
Monday, February 16, 2009
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