Deaf Culture and tidbits
[Note that all conversations were in ASL with the English translations for this story.] At a baby shower for the Deaf new mother in 2011, the Deaf mother and her childless Deaf single friend chatted while the Deaf mother's hearing partner listened. The Deaf mother talked about how sleepless she had for the last few weeks after birth with a marathon of breastfeeding. And, in the course of the conversations, the Deaf friend mentioned that she planned to attend a stripper club with her friends that night.
The hearing partner turned to his partner in his intermediate ASL, "Why don't you join her and her friends tonight?" The mother replied, "no". He insisted, "Why not, you need a break." She was surprised how mind-opened he was, "No, how about the baby?!" He insisted, "Yes, bring her with you." She thought he must be crazy, "Baby and breastfeeding there?!" He nodded, "Yeah? You can do that there, too. You have been homebound. You should go out and have fun." What kind of a father is he?!
Hours later back at home, the couple discussed about it. When the hearing father signed the word, the Deaf mother caught his (signed) mispronunciation. She explained, "Do you understand what this [sign] mean? It's like a striptease [gesturing]"? The hearing father was hit hard, "Oh no! My god! All the time I thought your friend was going a pop corn party." Pop corn!
To her eye (native-ASL speaker), the ASL words POP CORN and STRIPPER are as different as the moon and the sun. To a learner, they can be mixed up.