Thoughts On Cute, Take Two
I enjoy a well-placed compliment. Too often do I hear, “You look cute today!” I thank them for the compliment, as one ought to when given one, whether one likes it or not.
I’ve expounded on my thoughts of the word “cute” before; “Cute” is reserved for babies and little girls, and I rarely dress to look like a little girl. There are items of my wardrobe, mind you, that if worn together, look exactly like something a frilly, sweet little girl would wear, but I don’t wear them together intentionally.
I have come to a conclusion, however, that society is lazy. Well-placed compliments aren’t thought up anymore. We use “cute” nowadays to indicate “I like that” or “you look good today”. It’s just a general phrase that applies to anything that appeals to us as females. Thus, I don’t feel nearly as insulted as I used to.
Besides saying, “You’re always cute when I see you,” which is something I heard recently from a friend, I prefer something more specific:
“You look remarkably put-together.”
“I love that dress. Where’d you get it?”
“Your outfit is well-coordinated today.”
“The look you’ve got going on is really attractive/interesting. Were you going for punk rawk or casual emo?”
This might be hoping for too much, though. I’ll just have to get in the habit of translating “cute” to something else whenever I hear it pointed at my direction.