Paean – contrasts

She’s 25, maybe 28. From South Asia, brown. Plain-looking. Her head is covered with a head scarf, navy blue, wrapped tight so as to contain every strand of hair. She wears unfashionable purple plastic glasses, behind which her brown eyes avoid all contact. She wears a black tunic-like dress, buttoned up to her neck, where it meets the balaclava-like bottom of her head scarf – no flesh is visible beneath her chin.  Her dress extends to her wrists and her ankles, where tiny bits of flesh are visible.

In her lap, a “Merry Aerie” bag with an outsized photo of some brunette (white) supermodel. The model pouts at the camera, her (large) breasts spilling out of a lacy black bra.

The woman carrying the bag notices me noticing her, her bag.

She rolls the top of the bag down, obscuring the photo.


  1. This is extremely insulting. Now you’re even going after Muslim women who are trying very hard to be ignored by creeps like yourself? Ugh. Is there nowhere safe?

    1. Why are you reading this blog? It seems to rub you the wrong way. I didn’t “go after” anyone. I wrote. Respectfully. I didn’t even objectify in this post!

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