Wednesday, June 22, 2005
What, exactly, is the etiquette in this situation?
“You’re barking up the wrong tree, son.”
“Tummy rubs are against college policy.”
Or perhaps a simple slap upside the head?
Since I didn’t really have time to think about it, I just walked up beside her, said “I didn’t see that,” and walked on. She burst out laughing, and the student lowered his shirt, so I think it was in the ballpark. Still, they don’t teach you this in dean school.
Corrolary: if she had been straight, would such a light treatment have been appropriate?
Summer school brings its own set of joys…
It was more information than I needed.
Sounds more like a kid with "mommy transference" than someone who's been watching "The Graduate."
Your response was great, I think. Would have probably been fine, in my opinion, if the prof had been straight, and/or in her 20's.
A bit more complex, perhaps, if it had been a braless female student.
Now if you'd seen the prof smoothing an aloe salve on the burn blisters....
At the same time, I do wonder where these women were when I was an undergraduate and single. Probably sleeping with the English faculty.
As I watched him I just kept thinking to myself, "There's no way he's about to do what he's about to do. There's no way he's about to do what he's about to do." Were it not for her, I'd have been stuck in that rut &c. ad infinitum.
All of which is only to say, I think you were right to help the prof. Sometimes students send us into fugue states...