Beth Demme Blog

In this episode, I try to call Steph out for failing to say “Bless You” when someone sneezes. Steph asks why we say “excuse me” or “bless you” in response to normal bodily functions. Why do we have a problem with our bodies doing what they need to do, when they need to do it? This is an honest conversation about politeness and social conventions that we take on without even thinking about them. Steph and I also discuss the ways in which politeness might lead us to apologize in insincere ways.

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  1. When someone sneezes, do you say “Bless you”? Why or why not?
  2. How do you feel when your body makes noise in public?
  3. Do you feel like you overuse the phrase, “I’m sorry,” why is that?
  4. Do these types of social norms bother you at all, or do you find them easy to accept?