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35 posts tagged age
Stranger:: What do you do?
Me:: I'm a professor.
Stranger:: You're way too young to be a professor. You look like a student.
I'm in my 30s and I dress more professionally than my colleagues. But I'm also petite and female. My male partner, who has the same age and occupation, is never told that he doesn't look like a professor. It sends me the message that I'm an imposter, merely play-acting at being a serious scholar or authority figure. Made me feel like no one will take me seriously despite my accomplishments.
“Are you sure you’re old enough to work here?”
“Is this a good thing?”
“Hey ladies - do you want to be successful at work? Here’s the secret - marry a man who is twenty years older than you!”
“I’ll ask one of the girls to do it.”