Monday, April 16, 2012
Mirrors: Kathryn Bronn
Have you ever watched a girl, young or old, walk past a mirror, stop, back up, admire her reflection, fix her hair, and then move on? Vanity is something that is wired in us females. In the same way that no one needs to teach little boys that any and every object (from their Legos to their graham crackers) can be used as a weapon, no one needs to tell girls that their reflection is worth stopping for. In my childhood home, we had a full-length mirror at the foot of the stairway. On many occasions, I was known to stumble and fall down the stairs because I was trying to walk and look at myself simultaneously. I was completely unable to walk by that mirror without stopping to admire the view, a subject which my family teases me about to this day.
This habit should not be blamed as a result of cultural wrongs or something amiss in our society. On the contrary, I find it rather humorous to watch, both in the young and the grown females. It’s in our DNA; girls are enamored by their own reflection.