Until recently, I have always looked the other way when anyone (including strangers) makes some funny comment about my physique. See I’m small, painfully so. Yeah I am those short Mamas who weigh close to nothing.
I have tried everything to gain weight, heck there was even this time I entertained the idea of taking those Muscle building vitamins or whatever. Then I realized I don’t want to look like Semenya so I let that one pass. What frustrates me though is that, I have not always been this small. In High school I maintained a steady weight of between 56 and 58Kgs and most of that weight…well… let’s just say I had a really bright future behind. (Top-layer anyone?)
But anyway I digress. My issue is this; Small girls have problems too. So much has been said about the big girl that I feel it’s time to say something about us “Laptops”. Yeah imagine that, someone calling you a laptop like it’s a good thing. So first things first.
I AM NOT A LAPTOP. No, seriously stop calling me that like it’s a good thing. How is you calling me a laptop in any way a compliment? There is nothing appealing about being compared to a machine that sits on peoples laps the whole day being fingered .Too graphic? Then stop reading.
Secondly (and this goes to my fellow ladies) enough with the stupid questions and the dumb advice.
“Aki you are small!!Kwani hukulangi?”
Errm,what do you think? Do you see this fries? Then what are you asking? Do I look like a prophet from the Bible? Do I look like I could go for days without food? No? Then sit down and continue sipping your black ice lady.
Then there is the other bunch with their dumb advice.
“Eh! Ati umekuwa ukikula na hunoni? Pewa proteins Sweetie! I swear they work! Ebu look the way I have a big ass, si ni Joe alinishow if he comes inside me I will get a budonk and now see???”
Really? That’s what Joe told you? That sperms are proteins and if he comes inside you, you will get an ass? Is he a Dr. Joe perhaps? Why didn’t Joe just buy you eggs? Or beans? Or fish? Or Quails? It’s all protein isn’t it? Oh and did Joe mention one of the side effects of the pill might be adding weight? You are on the pill aren’t you? You too have a seat Ma’am.
I am not done with the ladies yet. We have the bullies. This are the fat Mamas who feel they are entitled to make cracks about the rest of us yet when you say something back, you are being inconsiderate, mean, and discriminating. Why are you talking smack about my weight and if roles were exchanged you would bitch from here to Timbuktu? What makes you feel so entitled?
I have no problem with the chunky girls who are comfortable in their skin. Neither do I have a problem with the big girls who accommodate even the little ones. My issue is with the Guinness-chuggin’-Burger-gobbling-women who are always making the small women feel like crap.Why you are calling me a toothpick is beyond me. Why you think comparing me to your 12 year old sister is funny I dunno but please eh? Stop! You have no right.
Thirdly, enough with the relatives and their snide remarks
“Heh!Wairimu? Kai Nairobi mutaheaguo irio?” (Eh? Wairimu? Kwani people in Nairobi do not eat?)
This is usually followed by unnecessary (read inappropriate) fondling, squeezing, being turned this way and that never mind that everyone else is watching. Dear aunties, momma and cucu IT IS NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS! I know there is nothing “African” about my body, but don’t think I am out here starving myself just to look a certain way. I am not sick, I am not anorexic, I am not on any slimming pills so kindly, enough! It’s boring, it’s exhausting and no, that extra Mukimo is not going to miraculously add any meat to my bones.
Lastly, dudes, guys, niggas, “gentlemen”. Listen up, if you and I don’t know each other like that; DO NOT LIFT ME. Seriously, you lifting me then smiling like a stupid seal as if what you did is extraordinary is a joke. I can carry two mtungis of water at a go. That is 40 liters; that is something I AM proud of. You weigh 78kgs, you play rugby, how is lifting someone who weighs 40 sum’n kgs an achievement? Riddle me that!
You know something else, I am not a doll, I am not breakable so enough with the “Aki wewe nikakupata naweza kuvunja” vibe. It is not a good look. Bedroom skills have nothing to do with size, methinks. I know of big girls who can do a split. So why you are sexualizing me even before we have a conversation is derogatory and plain stupid. Stop looking at me like you could eat me, I know you could flip me up and down and this way and the other way. Thanks though, but no thanks.
So yeah, these are some of the problems us small girls have. It may seem petty, it may seem small (See what I did there?) but y’all need to chill with that laptop vibe. Seriously!
Have a nice day!