Sarah (whysperingwynd) wrote in bad_service,

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Or should we let STDs scurry free?

This doesn't take place at any specific establishment, but I've found that it happens frequently enough to cause me irritation.

I'm 22 and female, but I always look slightly younger than my age. Most people peg me for 1-3 years younger than I really am at any given point in my life. This only seems to cause problems when I do one thing.

Buy condoms.

I am getting sick and tired of receiving dirty looks, sidelong glares, and the silent treatment when I buy condoms. It started when I was 16 and continues now, and I find it utterly incomprehensible. I'm not sure if these people think I'm too young to have sex, or dislike my personal choice to have sex outside of wedlock (even though you can't tell if someone's married by looking at them), or if they believe birth control is immoral, or because they believe men should buy the condoms, or maybe they just dislike touching a box of condoms, or if it's some combination of the above, but it's incredibly frustrating.

There's little as insulting to me as engaging in a light small-talk conversation with a cashier, only to have him or her suddenly lapse into tense silence when my box of Trojan Magnums comes gliding across the conveyor belt. Seriously. It's just a box of condoms. It's not a purple double-headed fourteen-inch studded vibrating iPod-compatible OmegaDildo© with extra lube on the side. It's a box of latex baggies. Ooooh how kinky.

Unfortunately, this behavior is always subtle, so I can't exactly speak to a manager or outright protest without appearing to be an over-sensitive whiner. It's one of those life annoyances that I've come to expect, but I felt the need to rant about it here.

Does any else ever experience this phenomenon? Does it apply to another 'purchasable unmentionables' besides condoms? Just curious.
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