“Big beautiful legs…Is there a woman that would find this to be a complement?” I asked a friend on the phone this morning. I heard this stated to a woman as my family walked down Pennsylvania Ave on Sunday.
“I can see that it could be taken as a complement.”
“Big, beautiful legs? I don’t see that the average American woman would take this as a complement. Most women I know do not like to be referred to as “big” in most any sense of the word.”
“I like a woman who has muscle on her legs. Some women just have stick legs.”
Is “big” referring to muscle tone? As a woman, I have come to associate “big” with “large.” Perhaps I am allowing myself to define “big” too narrowly? My daughter refers to herself as big – meaning she is tall. So I could believe that the man who yelled the statement above was referring to the fact that the woman might have a more muscular leg?
I wonder how she took it? Did she see the statement as a complement?
This is one of those times (and there are many of them) when I wish I could observe the inner working of the male mind. What did he think would happen? What made him say such a statement out loud? Was he appreciating what he saw?
Honestly, it never crosses my mind to proclaim, loudly, in a public setting “Great chest!” or “What broad shoulders!” or even “That’s quite a big bulge you have there!”
It is a stretch for me to come up with “you have a great smile” in a soft voice to a stranger in a public setting. In fact, I don’t think I have ever said anything like that. I might have commented to friends about some guy’s smile or eyes or shoulders or hands, or… but never to a strange guy or possibly even one I know.
I have been on the receiving end of comments “Great smile” and a wolf call here and there, especially when I lived outside the Shipyard in Norfolk. Got to love those military guys who don’t hesitate to whistle from the comfort of their cars!
But “big, beautiful legs?”