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What's something that most people like but you don't understand?
November 15, 2023 | Sparkle Wednesday
Most of us have experienced this type of scenario.
The whole world is gaga over something, and we just don't get it. No matter how much we try, we don't understand the fascination.
For me, this was apparent when absolutely everyone was going crazy for Barbie, the movie, and no matter where you turned, it was all about Barbie. Those of you who know me know that I loved Barbies as a little kid. I inherited a pretty big collection of dolls from my older sisters and gleefully added to it. Playing with Barbies was one of my favorite activities. I used to bribe my sister, Leslie, to play with me.
The Barbie movie, however, was just a plain old meh for me. America Ferrara's character Gloria's (aka the mom) speech was so heavy-handed I couldn't help but roll my eyes a little. Mind you, I'm a feminist and, of course, believe that women can do ANYTHING they want to and are stretched in many contrary directions. It’s hard.
As a mother of two sons, I see similarities in how we expect men/boys to be, too. They should be strong but not too strong, show chivalry towards a woman but go overboard, and strive to look like Ryan Gosling without spending too much time in front of a mirror at the gym. You get the picture. It’s a minefield out there.
Isn't it more like it's just hard being a human? In Minneapolis, a popular nonprofit uses the tagline, “Adulting is hard.” I propose we update that to “Being human is hard.”
Okay, I’m done with my Barbie rant. What about you? What's something that most people like but you don't understand?