Whose girlfriend are you?

Posted: June 14, 2011 by Jender in You can't be a philosophy student

Five or six years back I attended a philosophy party hosted by one of male grad student cohorts- the party goers where almost exclusively either members of my department (past and current graduate students, and assistant professors) or their partners. As a conversation starter, an assistant professor (who I had met at least five or six times before) turned to me and asked “So, whose girlfriend are you?” I guess my gender had rendered it inconceivable that I might have been one of the new grad students.

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