I have been mulling over this post for a few days now. You know, homework, outings, lack of time, blah blah blah. Anyway, a few days ago, I read An Unknown World written by M.O.T.H.E.R OF PEACE. I really enjoyed this one because I felt like I can connect to the issues that were mentioned in the post.
One of the topics talked about in this post was the sense of belonging. M.O.T.H.E.R OF PEACE spoke about how her mother cooked delicious food and how she started gaining weight. Then before long, her sense of belonging among her friends was lost because of her lack of stories to share with her friends.
I felt connected to this topic. I grew up in a slightly upper class suburb of Southern China, about 90 minutes from Hong Kong, I lived in a large apartment, I had my own room and had good food. Yet, I never felt like I belonged there.
When I was in elementary school, my classmates were like perfect little models. The girls were perfect in shape and size while boys were tall and lanky. In a word, chubby people were rare and I was one of them. With that said, I was often cast aside by my classmates.
M.O.T.H.E.R OF PEACE also spoke about religion and stereotypes. I can’t really connect to the religion aspect since I never really have a religion but I am definitely not new to stereotypes.
The most common one I hear?
When I did my undergraduate, in the lab, the guys looked at my size and thought I was fragile. They don’t let me lift anything heavy. Sure that’s a good thing but everything’s heavy. So I often felt like I’m not doing anything in there.
I tried to tell them, I’m not at all fragile. I am capable of doing some heavy duty labor but they are guys, they don’t let ladies do anything. So what can I do except stand aside?
Other than those guys, another person likes to make accusations. In fact, you can read all about it here.
Reading this post had been very inspiring and I think people should quit it with the stereotypes just because someone is skinny, fat, tall, short or believe in a specific religion. Just because someone’s those things, doesn’t mean they are not capable of doing something or having emotions. I think everybody should get to know somebody before they judge them seriously.