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Coming Off as Stupid as a Blind Person Sometimes

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Ways I come off as stupid because of my blindness.

Now, hopefully, by writing this blog, I have convinced you enough that I possess enough intellect to well, write a blog. You hopefully understand that I do have enough intelligence to live my day-to-day life by myself, except for cooking. Cooking is hard as a blind person.

But I can’t help but recall the specific instances where I acted like an idiot, not fit to even walk on his own due to his low intelligence. (I’m saying this about me, just in case it is not clear.)

And in this article, we will learn about those instances.

“Can’t you see I’m on a phone?”

So, I come barging in the room, excited about something, or just taking a break from my writing or programming. I’m looking to share some hilarious thing I found on the internet, or something which I achieved.

But since I am unable to see someone holding a phone to their year, the following conversation takes place.

“Hey! Did you know I just got done—”

“Hold on. Can’t you see I’m on a call?”

Notably, this doesn’t happen with my parents or my sisters. But it definitely happens with others.

I remember when I was 16 or 17, attending a function after a competition. There was a guy sitting next to me. his phone was silent. When he actually said something after picking up his phone, I thought he said something to me. that happened second time as well, and he got so annoyed with me that he left.

“Dude, he’s a man / she’s a woman!”

This happens a lot as well. judging people’s gender is a hairy thing these days, with a lot of people wanting to be called with specific terms, sometimes in gender neutral terms. Adding to this problem is the fact that I’m unable to recognize the basic genders with high pitched male voices, and low-pitched female voices.

This results in either they lashing out to me, or someone else telling me by whispering in my ear about how wrong I’m about that person’s gender. Though sometimes, people are understanding as well, and correct me after having a laugh on my silly mistake.

As an example of this problem, listen to this ending from Black Cat anime, and just by covering your eyes, tell me whether the singer is a male or female.

Listen to this song, and after covering your eyes, tell me whether the singer is a young boy, or a female.

Other incidents:

“Yeah, that time, he really didn’t score well.” I said to the air.

“I moved here.” Calls out the person with whom I was talking to.

Putting clothes wrong. This doesn’t happen to me as often it used to be as a kid, but it can still happen sometimes. Especially with those clothes which don’t have a way for me to judge which side is supposed to be in front through touch. Resulting me putting on my pajamas wrongly every once in a while. having said that, I recognize it when that happens, and quickly correct that problem, unlike my childhood days where I would spend the entire day wearing a tea-shirt or pants wrong.

Now, I could have put here how I actually insult someone right on their face, without even realizing it that they were in the room with me. but I consider it more of a truth telling, and one of my great qualities, not an embarrassment. Since I’m unable to tell who is listening to me at any given time, I decided to keep an honest and sometimes unfiltered policy since my childhood. Less headaches that way.

Anyway, how did you like these moments? Tell me in the comments below. Share this article, and follow me on Twitter, and I’ll see you in the next one.


Published by Tanish Shrivastava

I'm a guy who likes programming, chess, and writing.

9 thoughts on “Coming Off as Stupid as a Blind Person Sometimes

  1. I don’t think you come off as stupid at all. The stupid ones are those who would have a problem with this stuff. I have to chuckle at getting genders wrong. In this wonderful day and age that could get you killed.

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    1. Oh boy, there’s a reason why I avoid people.

      Because it isn’t just me. All the blind people make such mistakes. I remember how when I studied in a blind school (more on that some day) we all thought that a newly arrived teacher was a female, while in reality he was male.

      He didn’t got angry though, and chuckled the whole thing off. Because he probably thought that this mistake was honest, instead of making fun of him, which no doubt a lot of guys did because he sounded girlish.

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      1. I wouldn’t be upset if someone blind thought I was a guy. I’d feel flattered in believing they thought I sounded like I had authority lol. If a sighted person thought I was a guy, though, that’s a whole other ballgame….

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  2. Love these honest takes on your life. Again, shedding light on things I take for granted. The ‘I’ve moved here’ part was something I’ve never considered before. Also, your policy on being honest because you don’t know who’s around is actually how we could all aspire to be, because we shouldn’t say things that we’re not willing to say in front of others’ faces. Another awesome post, Tanish!

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    1. This honesty has gotten me in a lot of trouble and has earned me a lot of enemies, but it has won me equally good friends, who like that I don’t sugarcoat my words, and tell them things honestly, something their other friends and family don’t do.

      I never use a harsh tone though. They are my friends, after all.

      “I’ve moved here” Thing happens so often that I personally have stopped taking notice of it. I only put it out here, because it can and does happen with a blind person, and it deserved to be noted.

      Thanks for your comment, Stuart.


  3. Hi Tanish. I couldn’t find a contact page on your site.
    I think you commented on an article I wrote on the state of publishing some time back.
    Like you, I am also visually impaired. Unlike you, I’m not good at writing about it. Would you be interested in guest authoring a post on my blog?
    You can go with any topic of your choice, although I think it’d be nice if it was something about fiction and disability. For instance, my own thoughts about Dare Devil are: It’s nice there’s representation about us on TV, but it’s also weird because some people think the visually impaired actually recognise people by feeling their faces.
    It goes without saying, I’d be willing to return the favour in any way I can.

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