I've noticed a very troubling trend in modern culture, and, much as I dislike stirring up controversy on a regular basis, I feel the need to use my status as a blogger to protest when things are going on in the world which simply aren't right.
But first, a little background about why I am so concerned about this matter. You may not know it, but I need glasses to see.
The reason why not everyone knows this about me is because I'm often not wearing glasses, and I'm ESPECIALLY often not wearing glasses in pictures. The thing is, I hate wearing glasses. When I was in high school, a guy once told me, "You look prettier without your glasses." (Of course, when I was in college, a guy once told me, "I think you look pretty with or without your glasses." Guess which one I married.)
I don't think my glasses match with my fancier or dressier outfits, I don't like constantly pushing them up when they slide down my nose, and I don't like that I can't lie down and get comfy while watching a movie because the frame of my glasses pushes against my face.
Contacts aren't an option for me. You'd understand that if, like Angel, you'd ever been present at one of my eye doctor appointments. Anyone trying to put eye drops in my eyes or get anywhere close to my eyes has quite a struggle ahead of them. That's just not happening. We've considered Lasik, but it's also not likely to happen for me in the near future, at least.
So glasses it is! My driver's license says that I need to be wearing corrective lenses when I drive, so I always do, but unless I'm driving somewhere, you'll often see me without them. I'm not blind to the point where I can't see my way around a room, so I don't wear my glasses whenever it's possible to avoid it.
I became aware that it is now in fashion for people who have perfect vision to wear glasses with no lenses or with plain lenses, just for the fun of it!! I cannot even begin to describe how offensive this is to me, as a visually impaired person.
Take for example this girl:
She does not need glasses. But she decided that she wanted to start wearing glasses when she started going to college, for reasons unknown. Just to be cool and look smarter than the other college kids, I guess.
Whatever the reasoning, it's not right! Glasses are not merely an accessory to be tossed about by the flippant whims of fashion but are a very real necessity of life for many of us. I'm here issuing a call to action. It is my hope that other people who actually need to wear glasses should educate their less-informed friends and family members about this issue, and ask that our loved ones choose to respect our need for corrective lenses without feeling the need to steal this key part of our unique culture and take it for their own. I call this hipster glasses fad cultural imperialism of the very worst type, and it's time for us to make a stand.
*One more request. Could everyone who understood that this post was written entirely in jest please raise their hand?*