What are the rules for men, when it comes to accepting a lift from a stranger? Women and children are forever being reminded of their particular obligations but what about us men? Here, I explore this very issue and attack it head-on, by sharing my story of what happened to me when I recently accepted a lift from a stranger.
How could this be happening? ... I'd lost a lot of weight over the last couple of years and am now a size 14 (the slimmest I've been since I was 14). But that's obviously not good enough if I look pregnant. And not just a bit pregnant - enough to make two sober and presumably rational adults assume that I am pregnant enough to need to sit down on public transport. That's, what, like, seven months?
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I think able bodied people are in denial about their thoughts and feelings towards us - they don't want to deal with the thought process, so they shut it out. Well, we are here! And with medical advances and people living longer, there are only going to be more of us! So maybe it's time for people to start coming to terms with their feelings about disability.
Awkward is that horrible silence that makes your skin crawl. You believe you need to fill with any rubbish that may come out of your mouth, to take away the feeling of awkward! Actors and directors know the power of this moment; they call it 'dramatic pause'. Pause is communication; a lot can be said in a pause, often more than something being spoken.
University campuses are often described as 'bubbles'. Little hives of energy where you are safe and sheltered from the scary, outside world and nothing that bad really happens. However, this bubble-like environment provides the optimum conditions for some truly awkward situations to crop up - and they will.
I put my fist into the sock and pull it down my arm, unfortunately, because of the two large holes in the sock it looks a bit like my puppet is wearing a balaclava. It looks a bit like a Provisional I.R.A. sock puppet. How did this happen? I look at the Irish woman in front of me and swallow the Belfast accent.
We Millennials, children of the Nintendo/Atomic Kitten dance routines at lunchtime/Alien babies in the fridge generation, have one thing in common; we are all awkward as fuck. Let's face it, the majority of us make Screech from Saved By The Bell look like a regular Don Lothario due to our distinct lack of social grace.