I live in a very blue area where enforcement by businesses is high. Some places are more lax than others, particularly the country redneck bars that I frequent. I resisted wearing the mask for a lot longer than most people, but it's got to the point where I've been denied service or entry so I started wearing the face shield. I'd received snarky comments from primarily middle aged boomer women, too, but nothing to the level you described. In the end I opted not to choose this hill to die on. I still need to function in society, plus I've had a few job interviews recently at that's not the time to cause a scene.Same here brother, the fight has been exhausting lately and i was going to ask you guys if it has worn any of you down and you gave up the fight. Im still going strong but its exhausting. Its gotten so bad in my area, everyday when i go out i legit have the same feeling as walking to a schoolyard fight after school and knowing whats about to go down. It wears you down, its like constantly being surround by bullies . Not saying anything is starting to not work as effectively as the masses are beliveing this more and more, people are now starting to get physical and grabbing me. Whats crazy is they all were woman. Man i could never dream woman behaving this way . Its all backwards now woman act like tough guys and tough guys with skull tattoos act like woman. These woman are the ones that take it to that next level, not a single guy has come up to me or even made a comment, its been all woman in my run ins. Last week this woman legit kept grabbing my shouler and trying to turn me around to face her because i was ignoring her. She kept getting loud its as if she was trying to intiate a crowd and make a scene. Wanted to see how you guys are upholding the battle has it begun wearing you down?
Besides all this , i run a small business and worrying about keeping that going and thinking about all the challenges with the business, its now this constant anxiety. Like i said earlier best way to explain it is the same feeling when you were younger and a bully told you he was gonna kick your ass after school and that feeling youd have all day with you. Havent felt that in like 20 years now feel it everyday.
My main scare isnt getting beat up or getting arrested its making the news or being exposed on twitter and then the normies tieng me to my business and putting the final nail on that as well.
I prefer the face shield over the mask for a few reasons. I can breathe, people can still see my smile and facial expressions, and it's not authorized for wear in my state as a "face covering" so I'm still technically not complying, but no one questions me on it. My biggest qualm with the mask, aside from my adverse reaction to it, is the dehumanizing factor. I don't want to hide my face from my neighbor. The clear plastic face shield defeats what I believe is the real reason for making us wear them. They want us to fear our neighbor.
Also, I researched some information on the efficacy of face shields in case I am ever challenged on it. They are equally protective, if not more so in preventing spread to others, far more effective for the wearer's own protection, prevent you from touching your face, and they offer a benefit to the deaf and hard of hearing as they're still able to read your lips and see your facial expressions.
I've received nothing but compliments so far.Are these things generally accepted instead of a face mask? I just ordered a couple, I hope they are enough