Sunday, May 23, 2010
Not a dirty word...
When I posted my story about David's injured scrotum, I expected plenty of responses, because I ask you, is there anything funnier than a story about torn testicles as the result of hair removal gone wrong?
No, dear Internet, there is not.
I was surprised however, to find that a small group of readers were offended by my post.
No, it wasn't because of the slightly blue subject matter, it was because of one word.
Several of the women with whom David dances were upset that I referred to them as housewives.
I was kind of shocked.
I am housewife. Most of my best friends are housewives. I love being a housewife!
I had no idea that being called a housewife was an insult. One woman wanted me to change the language. I tried explaining that when I used the term "housewives" it was in a story that had nothing to do with the women with whom he was dancing. It was a story about my husband being a idiot.
My point, I suppose, when I used the term "housewives" was that this is not a group of professional dancers, nor a group of young dancers (Not that they're old! I swear!). This a group of women, most of whom are wives and mothers, many of whom work outside of their homes, who get together for a dance class once a week and have a blast.
None of them have injured themselves because they are far too sensible for that. They dance, they have fun, they go home. They do not require ice packs and daily chiropractic care after their class.
Furthermore, the point which I was trying to humorously convey, is that my husband has managed to injure his favorite body parts, repeatedly and painfully, to appear in what should be a "fun" performance, not a "destroy your reproductive organs" performance.
So what have I learned from this experience?
That you should never call someone a housewife and that the removal of band-aid's from testicles causes swearing and weeping.
Live and learn.