Saturday, September 8, 2012
Rant: Don't People With BO Know They Stink?
Bad body odor is everywhere. I'm talking really strong, revolting, couldn't-eat-food-around-it body odor. Elevators are the worst. Musty unwashed hair, sour backs of necks and smelly feet trapped in a metal cage leave me gasping for air. Which, of course, only gives me more of the same. During these painfully long elevator rides, I ponder (it's good to keep one's mind busy to avoid passing out):
Do you know you stink?
When was the last time it occurred to you to f-ing shower?
Then come the theories:
You have no idea that you stink.
You lost your sense of smell years ago.
You know that you stink but hope no one notices.
You know that you stink, but you don't care.
You fear you might stink, but no one has said anything, so you're in denial.
You've been surrounded by your own stink for so long that you no longer notice.
Your whole family stinks so you think it's genetic.
You love your own stink.
You were raised by wolves.
Last week, I stepped into a new Aveda boutique downtown just to wander and play with new smells. A well-dressed woman came over to help me and I was nearly knocked over by her body odor. I'm sure I visibly flinched. And she wouldn't go away. The stinky ones never do. I began smelling the body sprays that mirror each chakra, but in the small space of the store, they all had a base note of...you guessed it...BO.
And don't even talk to me about perfume being annoying to sensitive noses unless you also address the assault of bad body odor. Show me signs that say, 'No shower, no service' or 'Must shower before boarding this airplane.' In fact, why can't airport security include a stink-o-meter that indicates who may or may not get on the plane? Offensive perfumes and stinky asses would all be excluded.
Tell me why that wouldn't work.
Look, I don't expect people to be clean freaks, but an occasional shower with deodorant never killed anyone, whereas rotting body odor has almost killed me on more than one occasion. If you're unwilling to do that, then at least have the decency to take the stairs.
image from stuffyoushouldhate.com