From: Anonymous firstname.lastname@example.org
Sent: Tuesday, May 13, 2008 9:19:16 AM
Subject: [Lemon Gloria] New comment on There's Always Foot Prostitution.
Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "There's Always Foot Prostitution":
you wouldnt make much, your feet are pretty ugly, dont ask me what sepparates a sexy foot from an ugly one, i just no, its the curse that comes with the unexplained obsession
Shortly after I started LG, I had a very disgruntled day at work. I wrote a post complaining about my day, and describing how, for quite a while, I've considered foot prostitution a back-up career.
I wrote it mostly jokingly, although quite honestly, it's the only kind of prostitution I can imagine doing. It's your feet - who really cares?
So anyway, I got the email I pasted above, and whenever I get any kind of criticism, I immediately wonder if the person is right. This briefly made me feel bad about myself. I don't have beautiful feet, but are they really ugly? Would I be a terrible foot prostitute?
And then I got annoyed. It was like when my friends said I'd be a bad lesbian and I had to argue that I'd be a good one, even if I don't actually want to be. You hate to have options narrowed. I got a little defensive.
On a side bar: At this point, I really couldn't be a foot prostitute, ugly feet or no. Nick would be so not OK with it. I know this for a fact; we've discussed it.
Knowing me, you can imagine our conversations.
Lisa: "What if I quit my job and become a foot prostitute? Would that be OK with you?"
Nick: Rolls eyes. "No."
Lisa: "What if I made a lot of money?"
Lisa: "What if the guy was blindfolded?"
So anyway. . .
Finally I paused and realized the following. There are many people whose opinions matter to me, and from whom criticism could really make me feel bad.
But the random guy trolling the Internet looking for foot prostitutes on a Tuesday morning?
Not so much.