“Don’t judge a book by its cover” is a metaphorical phrase that means one should not be prejudice towards someone by their outward appearance.
It is a lesson that was taught to us at a young age and it is one of the main morals in many forms of media. Nevertheless, we still judge other people without really knowing them. It is our nature to do so but hopefully, we strive to make an effort to avoid it.
Now allow me to paint this picture, it was the second day of classes after winter break and I was already attempting to physically present the gender identity I felt inside. That day I felt more masculine so I dressed accordingly. Now the clothes I picked where comfortable; black jeans, black converse, a black shirt, and a red flannel with black sleeves.
Some of you probably have some idea or know what other people were thinking about my appearance because you just made a judgement about the description I gave you.
I can’ fault you because I too would have judged.
So I went about my day, not caring because I was comfortable. But sometime I would mentally laugh at some people who would step out of my way, a little scared of my appearance. Now I am not a threatening person, I can assure you of that. I am only 5’3″ and I look like a junior in high school than a junior in college, so I have never experienced someone trying to get out my way until that day.
Even in other days that I dress more masculine, I tend to keep lighter colors but that day it was cold so yeah I dressed like someone who had Hot Topic throw up on them. But hey I was warm and most importantly I would not get sick!
What made that day more interesting was my last class, a 7:30 pm psychology class. I was one of the last ones to enter the class so everybody did the weird thing where they look at the one person who just entered. I could already see some people making their judgments. I took a seat and the class started; my professor did the thing where we have to introduce ourselves to the class; name, major, and three facts that you could not tell by our appearance.
My turn came and well my voice can be considered soft compared to others of my sex. So when I spoke, I saw people’s expression shift to ones of confusion. When it came to my “interesting facts” I bet some people were assuming what I would say, as someone who looks like they regularly shop at Hot Topic, listens to the hardest of rock music, who does not take their education seriously or something like that and probably has an attitude problem.
“I listen to classical music, I like to read, and I do volunteer work during the breaks.”
Those where my “interesting facts.” I saw a guy widen his eyes and girl who did a double take. It was quite funny, internally I was laughing.
But I was slightly disappointed how as college students we consider ourselves to be openminded and not quick to judge when the reality is that, that is not really the case.
Let’s not deny the fact that we judge but understand the error of that mentality.
Let’s not judge a book by its cover.
Thank you for reading!
Until next time.