A very traditional black woman cam to me after a seminar in my gender roles in society class tonight. She inquired about my shorts. She wasn’t meaning to be offensive but she kept asking what i called them. I was really confused at first. “Uhh, shorts?” I think she was trying to get me to use the phrase “daisy dukes” but i didn’t feel like that was a valid label to put on my shorts. For me, they weren’t that short. Either way, i handled that conversation how i felt it needed to be. We had just watched a video about hip hop and how artists use women to portray their thug image. They showed music videos like Nelly’s “Tip Drill” which i thought were pretty vulgar and kind of disturbing. But they also showed videos of regular girls walking down the street getting groped left and right. I believe this woman thought that because i was wearing shorts that men would automatically treat me the same way. She was glad to hear that that was not the case at all but it really made me think about that question more deeply. I think men can sense the difference between when a woman is dressing for the nice weather and when a woman is dressing to be sexy and attract attention. Now i had on shorts, but the rest of my outfit consisted of a tank top and a long sleeve shirt, a jacket, and gladiator sandals. The girls in the video had their hair and makeup done, tank tops, heels, and shorts on. I think even girls can recognize that there is a difference between when its super hot and you just want to be comfortable and when you really are trying to get people to look at you. I don’t know, i was just trying to enjoy the day and wear some shorts. People are entitled to their opinion though. Oh well.