Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Encounter with a Serial Harasser





Today's guest blogger is Anonymous 2; Anonymous 2 describes her creepy encounter with one of Astronomy's most notorious sexual harassers. Her identity is protected.







In
 a 
room
 that 
was 
a 
little 
too 
dark 
(but 
there 
were
 little 
lamps 
with 
incandescent
 bulbs 
on
 to
 shed 
some 
light)
 
With 
the 
door 
a 
little 
too
 closed 
(but
 not 
completely 
closed, 
it 
was 
probably 
set 
at
 something 
like 
~45
degrees)

 
The
 conversation 
wandered 
a 
little 
too 
far 
(he 
must 
have 
asked 
how 
things 
were
 going 
in 
general, 
or
something 
equally 
innocuous)

 
He 
asked 
about 
boy 
troubles 
(not 
something 
I 
would 
bring 
up 
– 
just 
ask
 my 
mother)
 
And
 recommended
 I 
consider 
men 
that 
have 
“spent
 a 
little 
more 
time
 in 
the 
oven,”
 if
 you
 will

I
 don’t 
remember 
how 
I 
got 
out 
of 
there 
(maybe
 we 
were 
interrupted, 
thankfully?)

I 
left 
thinking 
what 
the 
hell 
was 
that

 
I 
left 
thinking 
how 
much 
he
 reminded
 me 
of 
a 
creepy 
colleague
 at 
my
 last 
job 
before
 college
 
I 
left 
thinking 
of 
a 
coworker
 at 
that 
job 
who 
had 
pulled 
my 18‐year‐old 
self 
aside 
and told 
me 
to
practice 
shaking
 my
 finger 
and 
saying 
“girlfriend, 
I 
don’t 
think 
so”


But
 he
 couldn’t 
have 
been 
hitting 
on 
me 
because
 I’m
 not

Pretty 
enough

Thin
 enough

Weak 
enough

Dumb
 enough


For 
that, 
right?


Right?