Post # 1
Mrs.Panda99 recently posted a topic about Toe Nails (ok, specifically about clipping someone’s / a partner’s toe nails) and there was a lot of replies
Surprisingly for me… I found that a lot of Bees commented that they were freaked out / grossed out by Feet
I find this fascinating
In so much as I am not one of those people…
My feet is just another part of my body… like my hands.
I don’t find them gross whatsoever (and so I don’t find other people’s feet icky either)
I am posting this topic / Poll to get a better understanding of what it is that effects so many Bees thinking on feet…
Do Vote in the Poll and tell me what your thoughts on feet.
Post # 4
I don’t like feet. My husband likes his feet scratched, so I do it as long as his feet aren’t reeking of boot stank.
I make no attempt to paint my toenails. I’d prefer not to draw any attention to mine.
Post # 5
@This Time Round:
I am not bothered by feet, provided they are clean and well groomed. Darling Husband has nicer feet than I do! It’s not faaaairrrr! haha….
I glanced through the other thread, and someone observed that N. Americans tend to be grossed out by feet. I am far more grossed out by people’s shoes. Feet are typically cleaned everyday (hopefully) while shoes rarely are. Shoes are filthy. You wear them everywhere and many people also wear them into their house, into their bedrooms, jump on their beds…this to me is horrifying, far more than anyone’s bare feet!
Post # 6
I’m like you, just another part of the body.
I don’t find them attractive. On the other hand I find them fascinating and interesting because they are all so different, especially how different people have different toe heights (for example after big toe, first or second may be longer than the other, ect). Some are knobby, some are smooth… much like hands, which have always fascinated me too.
I wouldn’t ask to cut someone’s toe nails, even my husbands, but I’ve cut my dad’s when he wasn’t able to (he has MS and as he gets older he’s had some pretty bad weakness after surgeries). My mom is notoriously unreliable for even simple things, so when he asked me to I didn’t even hesitate or think about it. Sort of a real simple “I can do that”… and do it. I didn’t find it gross at all.
I’ve never painted my toenails, but I have tiny toenails (and I’m not a tiny person!), there isn’t really enough to paint on most of them… big toe would be fine but the pinkie is a lost cause, it has about 1/4 inch of nail!
Neat thread… looking forward to the replies and off to read the post that started the spin off…
Post # 7
TO @Summer_Rose: Lol, to this I can relate.
This is one of the things that seperates us from our American Neighbours… Canadians don’t normally wear shoes in our houses (blame it on our extreme weather)
Most Canadians run around our homes either in our bare feet or stocking feet. Shoes are left on a door mat / boot tray at the door to the home when you enter… so as not to track a lot of dirt inside (here we have snow anywhere from 4 to 6 months a year… bad weather in general… approx 8 months of the year. So there is a lot of … snow – dirt – mud – road salt – grit etc to deal with otherwise, which is hard on our floors & carpets)
I guess if you grow up in an environment where feet (especially bare feet) are pretty normal, it is hard to get grossed out by them.
Post # 8
Every time I watch American tv I stare in disbelief how people jump on their beds in their shoes. EW! I come from a country where people change into their slippers as soon as they close the front door behind them. Foreigners either find it totally weird or totally fascinating 🙂 It’s very practical, comfy and much, much more hygienic!
As for feet… They are no big deal for me. I’m not grossed out by feet at all, provided they are clean! I wouldn’t clip my SO’s toenails though unless he couldn’t do it himself for some reason. But then I wouldn’t want him to clip my toenails either, or shave my legs, for example. We both like to keep our grooming to ourselves, we never shower together either.
But my SO loves my feet, he’s always giving me foot rubs and telling me I have the cutest little feet he’s ever seen. My foot is the size of his palm! lol
Post # 9
To @MsMeow: Slippers are popular here too. Not unusual for visitors to one’s home for example to come equipped with a shoebag and a pair of slippers… or for Home Owners to provide a basket of “washable” slippers at the front door of the home for visitors.
Of course some of us aren’t so formal… so as I said bare feet & stocking feet are also often seen.
I have to admit I find it very weird when I go to someone’s home and they wear their shoes indoors… or as you say put their shoes up on the bed / furniture.
Mr TTR & I are travellers, there are actually cities we’ve been to in NA that are soooo dirty that we’ve remarked after visiting that we were so grossed out that we had a desperate want to wash our shoes after we left !!
Post # 10
I dislike feet. Every man I have ever known has ridiculously stinky feet and it seriously groses me out! I don’t even like touching my own (I clip my toenails and *once in a blue moon* will I paint them). However, I have no problem with SO giving me foot massages XD
Post # 11
@This Time Round:
Yes! Honestly, I think feet get gross-er the longer they are trapped inside stinky shoes. I can’t wait to get my shoes off the moment I reach home!
It’s been rather fascinating to navigate through various cultural attitudes towards feet and shoes. I actually grew up in tropical SE Asia and being barefoot indoors was perfectly normal. Then we moved to Canada when I was in high school, and we found that many (but not all) Canadians do the same, though in the winter they often wear socks or house shoes. I hate wearing shoes indoors and tend to run around barefoot even in the dead of winter, which freaks out my European in-laws who think that bare feet means catching my death from the cold. Darling Husband got me these cute little booties to wear when they come over or we were at their place. Now we live in the US, and we’ve noticed that quite a few of our American friends wear their shoes all over their homes, especially if they grew up in milder climes. I’ve always wondered how they keep their carpets clean.
Post # 12
I hate feet. I really hate my own. I could never get a pedicure, the thought of someone touching my feet makes my stomach turn.
Post # 13
@MsMeow: omg yes haha when I was growing up, I always used to wonder why Americans on TV wore their shoes everywhere, but our American neighbours across the street never wore shoes at all. Hippies? Then I remember my first visit to America, visiting friends in San Francisco, and the family brought their kids over and came up to our hotel room and the kids started doing exactly like on TV…including jumping on the beds WITH SHOES ON. My mother nearly fainted.
Post # 14
@Summer_Rose: Haha! Me too! We get so much bad weather here a carpet would be ruined within months if shoes were worn indoors but even in the summer, there’s still dust and stuff, right?
Your European in-laws sound a lot like my parents 🙂 “Put your slippers on, you’ll catch a cold” was one of the most commonly used sentences in our house when I was growing up. I love being barefoot too.
@This Time Round: Canadians sound a lot like Slovenians 🙂 Who knew! 🙂
Post # 15
@Summer_Rose: Hahaha! I can imagine! My mother would have a mini break down if someone jumped on her bed while wearing shoes! Actually, to tell you the truth, so would I! lol
Post # 16
My Fiance has a growth under one of his toenails, like a bone spur, that he flat our refuses to have a doctor look at. He also cuts his toenails in a weird way that makes them jagged. I guess his Dad would trim his toenails too short as a child and he’s super traumatized by others even touching his toes. So I find his toenails pretty gross/unappealing but also fascinating. He swears the bone spur doesn’t hurt and I find that incredibly suspicious/weird.
My toenails are whatever. I keep them cut and paint themn if I have somewhere fancy to be where they’ll be exposed.