Sunday, 11 July 2010

Odd bod…

I emailed to arrange some stuff for my upcoming holiday. In the email I mentioned ‘I’ and ‘me’ and what I required. The person on the other end of the email came back with a price that was for two people. When I corrected her she advised she made an assumption on the fact that most women do not travel alone. Well, I’m not ‘most’ women and one can never assume anything can they? And why would anyone assume women don’t travel alone? It’s 2010. I started travelling by myself when I left Australia at 19 to work overseas. I like travelling alone. I can do what I like and I meet the most amazing people.

So I ask this – is it the perception that women are incapable of travelling alone? Is it wrong? Is it unnatural not to travel with the aid of a penis? Or is it that women who do not follow the perceived notions of what society believes is the natural order of things are found to be odd? If so colour me odd and I wonder when society will catch up with odd bods like me.

Amarinda Jones
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