In 1971, Jack slips behind my chair to whisper obscene sweet-nothings in my ear. Supervisor observes, “Oh, that’s Jack.” Director of a housing nonprofit, our attorney tails me whispering same stuff.
National housing conference, male attendee sitting next to my standing figure grabs my leg; forcibly fought off another male attendee dragging me to his room to “help him change clothes”; escaped to my room where large preacher attendee attempted to push in to “discuss ideas,” apologized next year, explaining he was “going through a divorce.”
Meeting at home, I describe exhausting conference to male colleague, who laughs, blames me. Another colleague furtively kisses my neck as I do dishes.
I achieved assisted housing goals, substantially improving lives of many families.
Now, according to Barry Saunders in his Aug. 8 column “Don’t shut Parker out – hear her out,” syndicated columnist Kathleen Parker purported that my female success has left those guys in emotional nowheresville, and I should help fix them. He’s pulling my leg, sir! Uh, just kidding.
I totally agree, though, that the Elon students should never try to shut Parker out. I’d go see her.
I’ve got a guy situation myself: three sons who have shut their aging parents out for nefarious reasons while three daughters remain close and caring. Parker may know something!