WHAT WE SAID AND WHAT WE MEANT
by Kim Bosch
WHO: Male co-worker, approximately 45 years of age.
What he said:
"You look very professional with those glasses on (looking me up and down)...like a librarian."
What he meant:
I'm watching you, unseen. It's late at night and you're stuck working alone again. The air conditioner broke down this afternoon and beads of sweat cling tenaciously to your white cotton blouse. Looking around, you undo a button, daring to break with the dress code. You bad girl. With a stack of books resting on your black satin/Lycra blend mini-skirted hip, you strut effortlessly up and down the aisles, replacing books in their appropriate place. Your slender knees taper and pour into a pair of white wool knee socks. The heat is becoming unbearable and another undone button reveals your lace bra. The bra you never should have bought. The bra, if your mother knew you had, would faint with fear that your virginity was no longer a sacred thing. You pause to take a long look at the last book in your hands:
"Sexpressive Love: A Photographic Guide to Love Making"
Your tongue runs along your lips. But most important of all, your eyes are framed with cat's eye glasses. The kind I keep trying to get my wife to wear during foreplay. The next thing I know, you're standing in the Human Sexuality section of the library, naked. Except for the glasses.
What I said:
What I meant :
"Thanks for fitting me into your fantasy Bill. I come to work every day just to see you. In hopes that maybe, oh maybe Bill, you will think of me as a character piece. As a woman who can not only be easily disposed of from your mind when your "done" with her, but as a woman who can provide you with ample sexual gratification. Each day I wake up and think, what can I wear that will impact Bill's fantasy to the fullest extent? What kind of skirt, shirt, shoes, make-up, stockings, hair style will initiate a comment and/or sexual glare from Bill? And so Bill, I'm beginning to think we should set up a meeting... say, every Monday. I feel that a meeting would allow us time to create a Fantasy Relations Schedule, further allowing me to get a feel for what exactly turns my client on (that's you, Bill)."
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Why are so many people prone to excessive use of ...ellipses?