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REVERSE Discrimination

I am a teacher who has been working at the same school for many years. I have met for lunch for several years with a fellow teacher who is a lesbian. She was a minority in her sexuality at my school but it was never an issue and was accepted by me openly as just any other relationship. (We supposedly have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to discrimination.) In the past year there were other lesbians hired on at the school and the new lesbian teacher works directly in the same department as the lesbian teacher I have eaten lunch with and have known for many years.

So, one day I am eating lunch with my teacher friend and the new teacher comes in with a catalog in her hand. The two begin discussing department money and issues of ordering new items. I am busy eating my lunch (we only have 25 minutes to eat) and I am not paying attention. The new teacher proceeds to throw the open catalog down on my plate. The catalog is open to a page that shows penis models for health class and the other page is a female body getting cautarized. My response was just a little gasp!

1) I was surprised that the catalog landed on my plate as I was eating

2) I was a shocked to see three large penis models sitting in front of me and a female carcas.

The teacher who I have know for many years turns to me and says ( my name........ "You are such a WASP! You are such a PURITAN." This was shocking to me and my only response was "I can't be a WASP I was raised Catholic." Which in retrospect probably gave them more fuel but I did not have time to think.

Several days later I confronted the teacher who has been my friend about what she said and she began to cry profusely. I felt this to be an odd reaction because most of the time she acts so tough! I ended with that I was done with the whole situation. Moreover, I decided not to tell higher ups because we have a highly dysfunctional atmosphere already. I am no longer eating lunch with her and have decided to have nothing to do with her. But, she keeps finding me at school and will say loudly my name and "GOOD MORNING." I respond nicely but I feel she is intentionally trying to bully and humiliate me further. What do I do?

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by: John

I remember having similar trouble with women in a women's centre, who were also lesbian, when I was a student. It transpired that a number had had sexual relations with men, despite the pro female stance. I complained that a poster they had on the wall, depicting a metal rod penetrating the male urethra was 'anti-male' or at least inappropriate. As soon as I complained, one of them stated that I had 'a problem with women.' The same thing occurred when contraceptives were put on open display, which I felt was a slightly inappropriate. No doubt, if anyone had done anything that they had deemed was wrong, they would have been hung, drawn and quartered! It seems to be par for the course with that particular breed of women. I would agree, that what you saw did seem too explicit and graphic.

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