Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Bad Line

This just happened.

Scene: In the hallway at work.  A male partner in my firms stops me.  He has that look on his face where I can tell he's about to say something that he should really consider not saying, but will anyway.

Him: "So, you gained some weight?"

Oh yes he did.  Not exactly what I thought he'd say, but wow.  Are you fucking kidding me?

Me:  "Yea, you too?"  Shaking my head.

Him:  "Well, I had to ask.   And that's my line."

Me:  "That's a HORRIBLE line."

Him: Unphased, completely.  "So, when are you due?"

Me: "Mid-July".

Him:  "That soon?  Really?  Wow."

So I guess he "noticed" that I'd gained some weight,  but according to him it's not enough to be due in less than 4 months. 

For the love people.  Stop saying stupid things to pregnant women.  And stop doubling down after you do.

I stand by my position that you shouldn't ever ask a woman if she is pregnant unless you are in the delivery room as a baby is leaving her vagina.  But, if you must ask, and the woman looks obviously pregnant, simply say "Are you expecting?"  or "When are you due?"  or better yet, "You look fabulous, what's your secret?!"

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