Let me tell you a little story. Once upon a time, I was complaining to a friend of mine at work (my former work) about the size of my arms. They were too big, I whiningly opined. My friend assured me that my arms were not too big, that they were normal size, and that I didn’t look a little bit like a linebacker. I took her at her word.
Twenty minutes later, I walked into my (now former) boss’ office. Without skipping a beat, she looked up from her desk.
“Wow, big arms!” she said.
This story is not made up. This really happened. At first I thought that my boss and my friend were playing a joke on me. “Did Sara put you up to this?” I asked.
“No,” she said.
I was devastated. Turns out that in my boss’ world, she explained to me — the lesbian world — saying “big arms” to a woman is a compliment. I gently explained back that in my world — the world where I’m really self-conscious about my arms — saying “big arms” to me is most definitely not a compliment.
I don’t work there anymore.
Although to be fair, sometimes I still have drinks with my old boss. I love her.
At any rate, I can only imagine what she would think about Cameron Diaz, and I have to wonder — do you think that at some point, arms are too big? If so, does Cameron qualify?