However, there was a moment that was both amusing and frustrating for me, which came in the drug store on Monday when I went to pick up a pregnancy test. I’m a modern man, you see, unflustered by requests to run to the store to pick up tampons and other wimmenly thangs when the need arises. As such, I think nothing about standing in line with whatever Kim has asked me to pick up, items clearly visible in my hands as opposed to those gentlemen I run across who are embarrassed by such things and try to hide them in all sorts of ways. Personally, I don’t get it, but that’s me.
I guess that culturally, it’s even more of a stigma for a man to go shopping for pregnancy tests, even when it’s for his own wife and it’s something they’ve been working on. So there I stood in line, pregnancy test proudly clenched in hand, when I realized that several people in the line behind me had been looking at me. Rolling my eyes, I approached the next open register, where the young woman behind it looked like she was positively embarrassed for me.
“Would you like a double bag for this sir?” she asked quietly, glancing around to no one in particular after ringing up the sale. “Nope, I’ll just put the bag inside my own bag,” I cheerfully replied, indicating my work bag. I then stared as she put it into a second bag anyway, before awkwardly handing it over to me with almost shaking hands. She looked at me for a second before realizing I was giving her the, “What the fuck?” look. I just shook my head at that point, took the bag, and stuck it into my bag and headed out.
I just don’t get it. Why is there a stigma associated with this? I’m obviously a married man and it really shouldn’t come up on anyone’s radar other than, “He’s making a purchase.” Yet there I was, obviously making a young woman uncomfortable.
I really just don’t get society at times.