It starts with a sideways glance.
What comes after is typically a nudge in the side of the person they're sitting next to, or a headshake, or a comment only loud enough for them to hear.
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I imagine that later, they'll go home and tell their friends or family about what they've seen. The large girl with the normal-looking dude. How grotesque. What an unnatural sight.
Tonight, I'm on a second date with a perfectly nice, perfectly handsome guy, who is much smaller than me, when I notice it all around me. I should be used to it by now. I'm 25 years old. I've been on plenty of dates and I've been fat for all of 'em.
The staring should be an aspect of my reality with which I'm well acquainted already.
But I'm still not used to it. Not at all. It is never not uncomfortable to know people are judging me and the person I am with, like I am part of a circus act, or their entertainment for the night - as if though I am nothing more than an object to spice up their boring lives.