So let’s get some things straight before we proceed.
1) I am Asian.
2) I wear glasses or contacts.
3) I have a hard time finding glasses that fit well.
For the last year or so, I have been looking for a new pair of glasses that I can wear when I don’t feel like wearing contacts. The current pair I have is from about 5 years ago and I found them in the men’s section, when none in the women’s section seemed to fit me. Contrary to popular stereotypes, my eyes are rather large, but my nose ridge sits a little lower compared to Caucasian counterparts. That means that when I try on glasses, they end up not covering my entire eye or I have to keep pushing them up.
I recently learned about Oakley’s Asian Fit sunglasses, and initially, I was a little offended, because
the implications of making an Asian Fit mean that the “normal” fit would be Caucasian, and once again heteronormativity is portrayed as a white male, while everyone else is labeled as “other.” Or in other words, everyone who is not white is seen as a freak (Am I reading too deep? Perhaps, but if you get offended and can’t realize why, it probably boils down to something along these lines.). Even though I think they should call it something else like “Class A” fit or whatever, once I put aside my initial reaction, I decided it was brilliant. Eyewear should be made to fit everyone well, and I hope the trend spreads to everyday glasses. Or maybe, I should go to Asia soon and check out their eyewear there.
Meanwhile, I will continue to wear my contacts or push up my glasses every few minutes.
What do you think about the Oakley’s Asian Fit?