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There are skirts I only own because my ex boyfriend said I don't wear them enough. 
17th-Jan-2008 10:58 am
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As many people who know me IRL probably already know, I suffer from a mild case of that affliction which is far more common in men: the 'I'm more macho than you' syndrome. You know the one: it requires its sufferers to constantly win arguments to prove their prowess in maths and science. It requires constant in advised displays of physical strength and imbues in the sufferer an innate inability to ask directions or to undertake more than the absolute minimum of personal grooming, less they be perceived as 'a homo', or, in my case 'a girl'.

At this point it is often pointed out that I am, in fact, both of these things. My response is usually to argue that they cancel each other out, or to sulk. In a manly way.

I blame this syndrome for the facts that I only own three bras (and only really wear one) (laziness and an abhorrence of the lingerie sections of M&S are totally symptoms); that I haven't bought make-up in so long that it's probably all rotten and I may go blind from old eyeliner*; that my entire shoe collection fits on the bottom of my small single wardrobe, and given, I have three working handbags (and haven't brought myself to bin my broken corset bag), but the most recent one was given to me with the comment "we noticed you don't seem to have enough handbags."**

Why am I sharing this? Well, in the hope that you can understand how embarrassed I was that in packing (one suitcase for ten days) this morning, I did a stock-take (heh) of my stockings, found seven serviceable pairs (and one unopened), and still feel I 'need' a new pair as the others are merely 'serviceable'.

At least I'm not as bad as the man who feels the need to keep his 'STR8' eau de cologne in prominent view alone on the bathroom sink?

*OK, there's machismo and there's health and safety. I will buy new make-up.

**'We' in this case refers to the female member of the heterosexual couple in question, I assume. Though her 'handbag' is a functional and useful bumbag, so I have no idea what she was implying here.

(It is a very nice new handbag, at least)
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17th-Jan-2008 10:59 am (UTC)
I suspect that if I was female, I'd be a lot like you.

But who knows? I might be a clothes-and-makeup obsessed glamour-puss! We'll never know, which is probably for the best! LOL
17th-Jan-2008 11:37 am (UTC)
You only wear one pair of pants? ;oP
17th-Jan-2008 11:41 am (UTC)
Because arses and boobs are totally equivalent?
17th-Jan-2008 11:47 am (UTC)
No, but I couldn't think of a better equivalent.
17th-Jan-2008 12:50 pm (UTC)
I suffer from a mild case of that affliction which is far more common in men: the 'I'm more macho than you' syndrome.

Me too. *pat* Me too.
17th-Jan-2008 03:24 pm (UTC)
See, I think I suffer from the exact opposite syndrome. Except I do feel you on the bra issue, both because I hate the places, and I'm too awkward to let anyone near enough to measure me.

It's perfectly normal!
17th-Jan-2008 03:38 pm (UTC)
I'm fairly girly (at least, when I'll be seen by non-friends) and have most of that syndrome, too. Especially the "needing to win arguments" thing. >_>;
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18th-Jan-2008 12:11 am (UTC)
SHOPPING!
17th-Jan-2008 09:05 pm (UTC)
I like feminine clothing that... lets me hammer in nails and go for mile-long walks at a moment's notice if need be. Which is to say, I like jeans and t-shirts that are tailored to women, but still... jeans and t-shirts.

And, okay, slightly frillier tops too. But.

I like skirts! I own several! I... almost never wear any of them. Except to dance in or in the hottest part of summer, and even then there are some dressier ones that aren't suitable for that that pretty much never get worn. And makeup, god. I own some. I used to wear it more, when I was living in Egypt and eeeeeverybody around me seemed to wear lots more, and to some extent when I was working at a bank, but if I can get away with not wearing makeup, and having my hair down half the time? Oh do I seize on it.

I like getting all dolled up once in a while, but then I like going for a month without doing so. *wry*

I do ask for directions, though. One cannot have my sporadic sense of direction and not accustom oneself to that, I feel.
17th-Jan-2008 09:06 pm (UTC)
Bras suck. There's a reason corsets were in style for so long.

But I feel you, even if I have the same 'problem' from a different angle-- I find myself going "But I don't need any more clothes." I always need bras (that fit and are not sports bras. I have many sports bras, in order to keep my boobs out of my lap. My bra issues are less 'I don't want to go try bras on right now' than 'sweet merciful FUCK where is the nice balance between cups that will hold all of my boobs and straps that neither crush my ribcage like an elastic boa constrictor nor close so loosely my that I have fallen OUT of the bra?') and I am ever on the hunt for The Perfet Black Pumps, but aside from that, I keep trying to get rid of clothes.
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