"She’s really pretty for a black girl"
“He’s really cool for a gay guy”
“She’s doing really well for a woman”
i want to achieve “she’s adorable and i will protect her at all costs but also i am slightly frightened by her power”
once upon a time, i was in an honors english class as a sophomore in high school, and we covered the great gatsby
and once a day, every day, one young man would say, in the exact same inquisitive tone of wonder,
"wait a minute! is nick gay for gatsby?"
until finally, one day, our teacher shouted, “YES NICK IS GAY FOR GATSBY BUT I CAN’T TEACH YOU THAT BECAUSE THIS IS A CATHOLIC SCHOOL.”