Mothers of young children will look at you and laugh when you are amused by their precocious two year old. However doing that as a male requires extra attention to how you interact lest it appear menacing. In the past I would have been far more hesitant but now freely interact when the occasion presents and the mood strikes. There is clearly an understanding between women that makes it more than okay and perhaps even expected.

It is unfortunate that the world delineates in this manner but perhaps the vigilance is warranted due to some established precedent. Even if you aren't a menacing male you pay the price for breaking rules which existed well before you came along.

I am no different a person and yet my garb and slightly altered demeanor now somehow give me license to interact differently.


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