I'd like to share two in this post, both involving young women.
The first comes from Kathleen Raven, a blogger at Scientific American. In a series of posts recently she discussed sexual harassment she'd experienced from two supervisors. In a post titled "Mixed Up" she lists the kinds of harassment she's endured. One of them in particular caught my eye:
A young woman who attended a talk I gave recently spoke up during the q and a to share a kind of discrimination she had experienced. She was open about her hearing loss at work, and managed quite well. She wasn't especially self-conscious about her hearing loss. But what hadn't occurred to her was how aware of her hearing loss her colleagues were.
This came to her in a particularly humiliating way.
Towards the end of a long meeting the woman sitting across the table from her suddenly assumed an intent position, staring fixedly at the speaker. As others noticed, they began to giggle in an embarrassed way. The woman realized that she was being mimicked. She flushed and immediately got up and left the room.
Later the guilty party apologized, saying she was just trying to lighten up a deadly meeting. Apparently it didn't occur to her that the person being mocked wouldn't find it amusing.