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Authors without reflections

Today I learned that two of the male authors of speculative fiction I know do not own mirrors. Neither of them have any at all, anywhere in their respective houses. This is such an alien occurrence to me, that I feel compelled to post a poll.

Do you own a mirror, or at least have convenient, on-demand access to one in the place where you live?

Yes, I have access to mirrors at home.
No, my home is mirror-free.


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May. 8th, 2010 08:40 pm (UTC)
I find that weird. Are these males bearded, or do they shave by instinct. Are they bald, or do they just run a comb through their locks and hope. What happens when they get something in their eyes?

Inquiring minds want to know!
May. 8th, 2010 08:44 pm (UTC)
They are not bearded, but they both do have short hair, if any. I suppose one could wash one's eye out without specifically extracting something that was in it to deal with the problem. Maybe they're lucky enough never to have had anything in their eyes, improbable as that is, and might be inspired to buy a mirror if it did? Perhaps I should ask.
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May. 8th, 2010 08:48 pm (UTC)
Indeed. In my house:

One wall of the bathroom is mirrored.

There is a full length mirror in the hall beside the door.

Fitted wardrobes in two bedrooms have full length mirrors, and one of those bedrooms has another full length mirror in what the architect probably meant to be a dressing area.

This is before you start counting hand mirrors...
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May. 8th, 2010 08:48 pm (UTC)
How on earth do people floss without a mirror??
May. 8th, 2010 08:51 pm (UTC)
I was originally going to name names, and then realized what it might imply about their hygiene, so I refrained.

On the other hand, I don't usually consult a mirror while flossing.
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May. 8th, 2010 08:55 pm (UTC)
May. 8th, 2010 08:57 pm (UTC)
Yes! I asked them, and they both admitted to it.
May. 8th, 2010 09:06 pm (UTC)
I don't have brilliantly accessible mirrors, though, which I'd like to fix.

Do these gentlemen only come out after dusk?
May. 8th, 2010 09:11 pm (UTC)
I have occasionally seen them during daylight. But then even Dracula was out during the day on a regular basis.
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May. 8th, 2010 09:11 pm (UTC)
I admire mirror-free living. Spending zero time thinking about your personal appearance - kudos!
May. 8th, 2010 09:29 pm (UTC)
Yes - but if I have something odd on my back or in my eye, I like being able to see what it is and if I should be worried about it. I suppose for minor medical concerns, other people's eyes could be recruited if need be.
May. 8th, 2010 09:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you, secritcrush for adding to the number(s) on the other side! (I do wonder if it's a gendered thing or not, but since I don't know yours, I can't really speculate much from available evidence.)

It really is possible that there are plenty of people out there who are mirrorless, and I've just never conceived of modern mirrorlessness in any well-off country. For all I know there are entire wealthy nations who are not prone to mirrors! I can't say I know much about mirror-buying distributions.
May. 8th, 2010 09:31 pm (UTC)
Can either of them tie a bow tie?
May. 8th, 2010 09:46 pm (UTC)
I have no idea. Interesting question.
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May. 8th, 2010 10:27 pm (UTC)
I don't actually feel I need a mirror, but I rent and there's usually one in the bathroom.
May. 8th, 2010 11:04 pm (UTC)
Are they Muslim? In my parents' country, and perhaps other Muslim countries as well, mirrors are considered bad luck. People own mirrors (so your friends are still a bit weird), but they are generally turned to face the wall if you are not using them right that second. Most mirrors have extremely ornate/decorated backs for that reason.
May. 8th, 2010 11:11 pm (UTC)
I am fairly certain that neither is Muslim. I suspect their respective faiths (if any) is a matter of public record and so might be able to check.

I am absolutely certain, however, that their lack of mirrors has nothing to do with faith.

Useful to know in general, however, since one of the things that has come out of this discussion is that

1) I somehow unthinkingly associated mirrors with hygiene, whereas of course non-mirror users are perfectly capable of good hygiene. (For example, people with no vision at all.)

2) I really don't know much about international mirror trends and uses.

Humanity is fascinating.

Edited at 2010-05-08 11:12 pm (UTC)
May. 8th, 2010 11:21 pm (UTC)
I should point out that they revealed this information as the crowd of people at the event we attended had mysteriously thinned down. And there was a skip out the back - I didn't dare go and check the contents.

Although one of them blew it later by ordering wine, thus leaving me doubting about his true nature yet again.
May. 8th, 2010 11:24 pm (UTC)
What color wine?
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May. 8th, 2010 11:46 pm (UTC)
As someone remarked upstream, the obvious answer is vampires. I have but one mirror (would like a second to check my outfits, actually. I don't use it much except for putting on makeup and combing my hair (now that it's longer. Another reason I want to cut it short again) -- and that I do half the time in the loo at work! Never thought of needing a mirror to floss or brush teeth -- my hands know where my mouth is, after all.

I wonder if this is partially down to the being so nearsighted I do a lot of things withut really seeing what I'm doing. Still, *a* mirror makes sense
May. 8th, 2010 11:57 pm (UTC)
I've never owned a mirror that wasn't attached to a wall; I would have to make an active effort to not have access to one.
May. 8th, 2010 11:58 pm (UTC)
Other than the one that came with the house in the bathroom, no, no mirrors.
May. 9th, 2010 02:35 am (UTC)
I have one on my dresser and of course there's one in the bathroom (everyone I live with wears contact lenses), but probably the funniest mirror in the house is the big one that hangs in the living room. it's funny because a) you can watch television in it backwards from outside the house! but mostly because b) it's the mirror that gives the best day-light and is the only full-length mirror in the house, so every morning when people come down for breakfast they check themselves out in the mirror (and occasionally solicit comments from the peanut gallery). Quite entertaining.
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