When Even Signs Mansplain
[For those who can’t see the words on the sign above, it reads: WARNING According to the surgeon general, women should not drink alcoholic beverages, including distilled spirits, beer, coolers and wine during pregnancy because of the risk of birth defects.]
The other night I was visiting my local faux-French cafe (they have really good Cesar salad, which is probably not French!) and I found this sign posted at the bottom of the mirror in the bathroom. After reading it I realized this wasn’t the first time I’d seen it. Once before a friend and I encountered similar wording in the bathroom of a hotel in New Orleans. We were offended then, and I’m offended now. Frankly, I don’t understand what business it is of a restaurant (or hotel, or whatever other business-like entity) to tell women about the risks of drinking while pregnant. Is there a similar sign in the men’s room warning them that if they get too drunk they might risk bullying a woman into bed with them?
Also, why is this sign in the bathroom? Chances are, if I have to pee, it’s probably because I’ve already had a couple of beverages. Oh no!!!!!!!!! It might be too late! I didn’t know about the risks of drinking while pregnant until this sign in a restaurant informed me! And I’ve already been drinking! What will I do?????
WTF, local faux-French cafe. W.T.F.