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Thursday, September 21, 2006

What, your geometry phase?

There was a woman in my community garden that had a large pink triangle tattoo on her arm. I noted the large pink triangle tattoo on her arm and assumed she was lesbian. One day she mentioned a boyfriend and I was surprised. “Oh!” I said, “I thought you were lesbian.” And she snapped at me! “I’m not!” she said, “and you shouldn’t jump to conclusions.” I thought that was entirely unfair. It is not a stretch to believe that a woman with a large pink triangle tattoo on her arm is lesbian. In nearly every case, a large pink triangle tattoo is intended to convey that one is lesbian. “But,” I said, “you have a large pink triangle tattoo.” And she said “That was a bad phase in my life.”

13 Comments:

Blogger LizardBreath said...

All I can think of is the Far Side cartoon with the deer with a big target on his chest: "Bummer of a birthmark, dude!"

That's totally got to hold her back in the straight dating arena; I'd think it'd be worth tattooing something not so communicative on top of it.

11:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe she used to be a lesbian?

I knew a girl in college who wanted to get Godel's Incompleteness Theorem tattooed on her head. She was so cute. But, then, she was a lesbian. And, amazingly, she met a girl who already had Godel's Incompleteness Theorem tattooed on her head.

Justin

12:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Be honest Justin, was it the theorem or her preferences that put you off?

12:15 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Justin:
That is the most romantic lesbian love story I have ever heard*. Tell me that they lived happily ever after.

*Except for the Wheatus song Teenage Dirtbag, which I thought was sung by a woman for the first six months I heard it. I thought it was a story of a teen girl being in love with another teen girl and never thinking that she would fall for her in return, and then they both came out at prom and I swear to god that I cried the first time I heard it. I was so happy that commercial radio would play that song until six months later when I found out the lead singer was a boy.

12:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Put me off? I had a crush on her for a long time.

Justin

1:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't really know what happened with her. We were friends in college, but not like great friends. I haven't spoken to her since college.

Justin

1:53 PM  
Blogger SydneyDawn said...

Lesbian was the exact first thought that ran through my mind when you described the tattoo.

Perhaps Justin's right. Maybe she used to be a lesbian.

2:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course I'm right. I have all of the answers. I'm just incapable of applying any of this knowledge to my own life.

Justin

2:36 PM  
Blogger Pandax said...

Is she older - like before the pink triangle became mainstream? She did say it was a "bad time" in her life. Perhaps she was confused about her identity (or got "reformed").

This reinforces for me why I could never get a tatoo. I fear I'd change my mind later or it would no longer represent who I am.

6:30 PM  
Anonymous ptm said...

Lizardbreath, what would you put on top of it, a pink Star of David?

Actually, that would be kindof awesome.

9:03 PM  
Anonymous hamilton said...

Excluding larger historical movements to label people by clothing, I now completely appreciate why, in your own life alone, you would be against.

That said, there is a long history of using clever, open-but-concealed hints to let people know that they're in the market for... well, for all sorts of things. Before red became the power tie, it was used in the 1920s and 1930s to let some, well, confirmed bachelors know that other confirmed bachelors were interested in, um, bach'in' it up.

If people are just told "hey, try this. It might land you dates!", I think that's a lot less worrisome than being labeled by some fascists. But that's just me. Your objection makes me wish I had developed a post regarding unique running styles.

10:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

who's objecting to what now?

Justin

1:45 PM  
Anonymous ed said...

Thanks for getting that Wheatus song stuck in my head all weekend. Believe you me...there WILL be retribution.

11:33 AM  

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