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07 March 2008 @ 11:10 am
Birthing class and demographics  
Last night, the girl and I went to the second of various baby-having-related classes we've got lined up. There are two more going on this weekend. Much with the kid-ness.

At the class last night, we were one of four couples. One couple were physically large -- both tall and somewhat fat -- as well as being quiet and into playing sports. One couple was thin, on the nervous side, doted on each other and didn't volunteer much unless asked. The third couple were younger, maybe very early twenties, very into popular music and television, paid some extra attention to their appearances, were a bit snarky and were not the sharpest knives in the drawer.

Thinking about that after the class, I found myself wondering: do rightkindofme and I look like that sort of identical demographic pairing to everybody else in the room? Given our high level of education and generally articulate manner, maybe we were the upper-middle-class nerd contingent?

This interests me partially because I don't think the first birthing class we went to was quite so stereotyped. Somewhat, but not to that extent.
Anselmribbin on March 7th, 2008 07:33 pm (UTC)
Like attracts like and, more to the point, like creates like. We are a product of our tastes, and tend to be attracted to people with the same tastes. Eventually, our tastes rub off on each other, and are reflected in our demeanor and physical appearance. By the time you add a shared history and circle of friends, yes, it can get pretty interesting.

My ex and I had almost the exact same wardrobe- cargo and carpenter pants (never jeans), long sleeve shirts under tee shirts, sneakers leather belts and sunglasses, everything in black or drab colors. It only got worse as we dated. I think this played a part in why we were attracted to each other, as well as being a physical manifestation of the traits we liked in ourselves, and thus in each other.
i_am_dshi_am_dsh on March 19th, 2008 08:38 pm (UTC)
My (now-former) boss said that the couples in their birthing class were scarily well-matched.

In ours, the couples seemed a lot more mixed in age, socioeconomic background, etc. And a number of the moms were there with other family members, not the dad of the kid-to-be.

isn't people-watching entertaining?