How Inappropriate!

Your manicurist says you need a wax, a stranger says you should try spanx… you can tell them to buzz off but then you wonder “are they right…?” Elisha (30 weeks pregnant) and Emily (31 weeks with twins) swap stories about the jaw-dropping things said to women in nail salons—and in particular to pregnant women at any place and time.

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There are 5 comments.

  1. Member

    Someone who thinks they know what sex a stranger’s baby is has a screw a bit loose.

    • #1
    • May 14, 2019, at 9:38 PM PDT
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  2. Member

    While I won’t comment on your baby’s sex or calculate the conception date, I would be likely to comment or ask questions about your pregnancy.

    I am one of your male listeners because y’all are about the same age as my daughter who is also in the midst of producing children (#1 born May 2017, #2 due August 2019). Therefore I see babies (and pregnancies) and see a topic of common interest to discuss with you. I will bring it up if I were to meet you. Our new next door neighbor’s infant was the first topic we talked about with them when they moved in a few months ago. 

    Plus, as you briefly noted, there is something magical about pregnancy and babies, and the perpetuation of the human species is a topic of interest to almost everyone.

    I stopped my driveway car washing this morning to “flirt” with the next door neighbor’s one year old (and to pick up the cereal cup she dropped). Babies interest us. Sometimes our interest takes us to comments and questions that you may consider inappropriate. For most of us, we are just expressing interest in a topic of common interest.

    • #2
    • May 15, 2019, at 11:51 AM PDT
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  3. Coolidge

    This has got to be my favorite LadyBrains.

    I don’t think it’s ever stated explicitly, but I got the impression that these earthy, blunt-speaking manicurists were mostly Asian, especially Vietnamese.

    Overweight women and their husbands have to be cautious about announcing a pregnancy, because people will naturally assume the wife is further along than she really is, and she may not enjoy hearing that. (Personal experience.)

     

    • #3
    • May 15, 2019, at 2:23 PM PDT
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  4. Coolidge

    Full Size Tabby (View Comment):

    While I won’t comment on your baby’s sex or calculate the conception date, I would be likely to comment or ask questions about your pregnancy.

    I am one of your male listeners because y’all are about the same age as my daughter who is also in the midst of producing children (#1 born May 2017, #2 due August 2019). Therefore I see babies (and pregnancies) and see a topic of common interest to discuss with you. I will bring it up if I were to meet you. Our new next door neighbor’s infant was the first topic we talked about with them when they moved in a few months ago.

    Plus, as you briefly noted, there is something magical about pregnancy and babies, and the perpetuation of the human species is a topic of interest to almost everyone.

    I stopped my driveway car washing this morning to “flirt” with the next door neighbor’s one year old (and to pick up the cereal cup she dropped). Babies interest us. Sometimes our interest takes us to comments and questions that you may consider inappropriate. For most of us, we are just expressing interest in a topic of common interest.

     Pregnancy is weird and magical because it’s the only time you have a person encapsulated inside another person. That’s why people tend to treat a pregnant woman’s tummy as if it were a sort of public space, and often feel entitled to put their hands there to feel the baby. 

     It’s ironic that the nine eugenicists in black robes chose to use a constructed right to privacy as a facade for their desire to limit the reproduction of “inferior races”. Pregnancy is the one time when the interior of a person’s body is less private than usual.

    • #4
    • May 15, 2019, at 3:00 PM PDT
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  5. Thatcher

    Two comments:

    Once back in the late ’90s, my wife took me to the airport in Augusta, Ga. to catch a flight. She brought along our three little girls to help see me off. While we were waiting, this nice old woman came up and complimented how pretty they were. Then she asked if they were triplets. We laughed, and my wife told the lady they were “stairsteps” (one year apart). Then she talked about how much they looked like Mommy and Daddy. We didn’t have the heart to tell her they were adopted.

    As for nails, my wife goes to this Vietnamese lady. On our drive out west last year, we stopped at the I-20 rest stop near Madison, Ga. for a break. Lo and behold, my wife ran into her nail lady who was just coming back from Atlanta after visiting her Mom. Or maybe she dropped her mom off at the airport. I probably wasn’t listening (man!). Anyway, whenever my wife says she’s going to get her nails done, I always make a wisecrack about going way out to Madison to get her nails done (we live in Aiken, SC).

    Okay, she doesn’t think it’s funny either . . .

    • #5
    • May 16, 2019, at 1:00 PM PDT
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