I’m Interested In You. That Doesn’t Mean I’m Trying To Have Sex With You.
Megan Bruneau, M.A. RCC

Thanks for the excellent article. There are two separate issues here. One is that people of the opposite sex often mistake interest for sexual attraction. I don’t think this is particularly sexist as it happens both ways (I have had it happen to me). But the other is the fact that people assume that a woman who is socially outgoing is using sex to get ahead. That is horribly, horribly sexist.

Years ago, I taught classes at a local graduate school, and one semester the woman I had been living with for five years took the course (before anyone makes any assumptions, she was actually slightly older than me). Before I let her enroll I told her that if she didn’t do best in the class I would flunk her because she had an unfair advantage and I wanted there to be no hint of unfairness in grades. But it was not widely known that we were a couple. About 3/4 of the way though the course, I was at an event and some of my other students were there, and they (cautiously and concerned) asked if I was having an affair with one of the students in the class. I laughed so hard!

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