I was walking with the dog when I saw a BIG truck- the kind of truck that people use to haul things and do construction and stuff…
Big macho truck.
Driven by big, burly tattooed guy with a leather vest.
Did I mention the truck was painted pink?
Big, tough looking PINK vehicle- manned by big, tough looking guy.
On the side of the big, pink truck was an inscription to whomever the driver had lost to breast cancer. Some words about being an ambassador for curing the disease. A big pink ribbon telling people to please get checked out regularly.
All on this big pink truck.
When I saw it my first thought was:
Wow. What a great way to try to get a message across to people. Use you vehicle to promote awareness about a devastating disease.
My second thought was:
I’m just surprised that this big tough looking guy actually did this on his work truck
I know. Flog me. I’m a bad person because I don’t think shaved head, muscled tattooed guys can be sensitive to women’s issues and to so openly being devastated by the loss of a loved one.
For the record, I know that I shouldn’t judge people by how they look. Yet…there I was, dumbfounded by looking at the man and reading the message.
Macho guys have the stereotype of being insensitive. The word macho even implies uber maleness…when I see a macho guy every bad stereotype of men pops into my head.
I just can’t help it.
When I walk by construction sites and these big guys stop to pet my dog and AWWWWWW over her cuteness, I am always taken aback. Really? These guys actually think my 7 pound fluffy dog and her pink raincoat are cute? Don’t they see that rather stately German Shepherd right over there?
No matter how evolved we think we have become, we still can fall back on judging a book by its cover. We see a “type” and we “assume”.
If you’ve ever seen “The Odd Couple” you know that when we assume, you make an ass out of u and me…
Don’t assume anything.