Yesterday Wolsey and I went with a female friend to the Washington State Fair. Like we do every time for the last five years we went and got “old time” photograph of us in cowboy/soldier/gambler costumes.
This time we wanted to be dressed as gamblers, and our female friend dressed as a “fancy girl”. No, that isn’t a euphemism for prostitute/hooker, just thought I would quash that thought right there.
As they started setting us up, they had both Wolsey and I behind/beside the chair, and our friend in the chair. This is where it gets funny.
- Fair Picture Lady: So which one of you gentlemen is with the lady?
- All three of us: ….. (a little stunned and not sure what to say, is it safe? is this a joke?)
- Fair Picture Lady (looking at me): Who is with the young lady?
- Me: Um… we are together (and I motion Wolsey and myself a bit nervously).
- Several seconds pass as it sinks in to both people with the Fair (the other hadn’t asked anything).
- Fair Picture Lady and other lady: *starts chuckling*
- Other Lady: “That is Fantastic”
They immediately set Wolsey and I up so my arm was around him. There was slight awkwardness about placing our hands, but I think it was more of just not being around two guys in a relationship then any sort of revulsion.
That was the first time I have had that hesitation in that situation of getting our photo taken. I never had a worry hit me like that before that they might just kick us out. It never even dawned on me that the gendered expectations of couples was that strong. Although I don’t blame those ladies, I think most people would have made that mistake.
I just have to say thanks to those ladies for not freaking out, and curse our society that we even have to worry about that.