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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.
“Oh my god, aren’t guys who aren’t manly ashamed of themselves? Don’t they want to be MEN?! I mean, gay guys can dress however they want, but straight guys in skinny jeans or sparkly shirts? It’s just gross.”
“I think you should shave your legs, because it makes you look like a lesbian.”
“You really should do something about your health…”
“I thought you said you were a virgin?”