"There is difference and there is power. And who holds the power decides the meaning of the difference." --June Jordan

Saturday, May 19, 2007

A Fashion Epiphany

I felt vindicated the other night. Feeling a little chilly, my boyfriend (who, I should mention, is quite a bit skinnier than me) reached for my nearby sweatshirt and slipped it on.

BF: Wow, this shirt is small.

Me: Yeah?

BF: Yeah.

Me: I guess it's got a more fitted cut since it's made for women.

BF: But it's just a zip-up hoodie. It shouldn't be made that different. (Examining the tightness in the torso, the shallowness of the pockets, and the overall shorter length.) It's really uncomfortable.

Me: (starting to second-guess what I thought of as one of my roomier, more comfortable sweatshirts) You know what else?

BF: What?

Me: That's an Extra Large.

BF: A child's Extra Large, right?

Me: Nope. A women's Extra Large.

BF: (dumbfounded look)

Me: Yeah. And that's why I hate shopping for clothes.