Ok, Brazilian women. Here it is. This is the last time I'm telling you these things, so stop asking:
*Yes, I know I'm tall. Height, however, is only partly genetic. It also results from how well you ate as a kid. I got all my nutrients. Did you? Also, news flash: definitions of "short" and "tall" are relative.
*Yes, this is really my hair color. And yes, my hair really is this thin. No, there's not much I can do about it. Yes, I like having it this short.
*Yes, my eyes are light. Yes, Alexandre and I are going to have white kids with light eyes. Aren't genetics amazing??
*Yes, these breasts are mine. If you don't believe me, take a look at my Mom, and my Grandma, and probably my Great Grandma. Again, the wonders of genetics!
*Yup, I'm white. I already know I need sunblock, thank you. I also know that I burn easily. That's not something you need to remind me of. I've had this skin my whole life. And No, I will not turn "morena" now that I live at the beach.
*No, I'm not pregnant. This is just the way the fat distributes itself on my body: When I gain weight, I get a potbelly, not a huge ass or thighs.
Obviously, it was getting this last question today that was the tip of the iceberg that inspired this blog post.
Here in this region, we've got a different bunch of people genetically than we had back in Caipirópolis. The immigrant populations are different. The genetic influence of indigenous people is more prevalent here. The result is that I stand out more. I'm usually the tallest and whitest person wherever we are. But even people who I would consider "white" (also of western European descent) seem to think that I am much, much whiter than they are.
These differences, combined with Latin American Honesty, a dash of ignorance, and a simple lack of tact that you can be unlucky enough to find anywhere, make people say stupid shit, especially young women, who like to ask questions that warrant the answers above. They make me much more aware of myself and my physical makeup than I want to be or need to be. And it also doesn't make sense that these same girls watch the novelas (where lots of people look like me) and movies (again, genes similar to mine) and read magazines (no short women there), and then they act like, shocked that I look the way I do, and in a pretty negative way, like I am fundamentally different just because I am different from them.
And screw you, random girl at the gym with no social skills. I do not look pregnant.
EDIT: This person said it way better than I did. Thanks to Fiona for sharing.