Someone asked me the other day: “Are Noses a Social Construct?”.
To be honest, I was quite shocked. I guess they didn’t realize that yes – noses ARE a social construct, and it’s actually very offensive to say otherwise.
You see, we’re all culturally conditioned with a certain idea of what a “nose” is, and indoctrinated from childhood with bio normative idealized ideas of a nose that are really impossible to achieve for most people.
Recently, I realized that my nose doesn’t really fit the conventional definition of a “nose”.
For example, a nose is meant to be perfectly straight and in the middle of the face, but my nose actually tilts a few millimetres to the left. It’s not quite an ear, mind you, but it definitely doesn’t fit into nasal norms.
As I think about it, I realized I don’t actually have a nose at all. Rather, my face exists on a spectrum, with one part blending into another and no clear separation between nose, eyes, mouth etc. It’s really impossible to say where one feature starts and another ends. You could say that there is a facial spectrum.
Because I don’t fit into nasal norms, I suppose you could say I am nasal-fluid. There are many people like me (I can usually tell by taking a quick glance at your nose from afar).
If you meet someone who is nasal-fluid, please do NOT ask them about their nose.
And for goodness sakes, do NOT ask “are noses a social construct”. It’s an offensive and hurtful question.
Please share to raise awareness. Thanks.