DH Skies
That is... unexpected
Sun Aug 5, 2018 05:03

(OOC - as is hopefully apparent in the text, Selina is written as being deliberately a little old fashioned in her views, and some of her comments and thoughts are not necessary appropriate to the way we would discuss identity today. Her views are reflective of her as a character and not our attitude as a site)

Selina came within a hair’s breadth of stating the obvious. But veela are all women. In fact, it was the first slip in her professor composure, as she got as far as opening her mouth but then found herself shutting it abruptly without having said anything.

“Thank you for your honesty,” she said instead. It was not that Selina was entirely ignorant of the way the world worked. Nor did she have a particular problem with any type of person. She had known Tarquin’s husband since her school days, and they were friends. She was not homophobic, and had no problem with people of… different persuasions. She just… sort of didn’t expect them. She had lived the comfortable and blinkered existence of a white middle class straight cis woman. She did not think gay people were a particularly common phenomenon because, in her world, they weren’t. And she knew one wasn’t supposed to think in stereotypes but stereotypes existed for a reason, had a grain of truth in them, and Mary Brooding really did not look like a lesbian.

“I don’t think there should be any problems. With Cleo, I mean. Obviously there isn’t a problem with you being… that way inclined,” were you still allowed to say that? She thought that was a polite way of saying that, and better than a label because people were picky about labels, but people were picky overall with the language they used around this sort of thing, “We’re an equal opportunities employer,” she added, in the tone of voice of someone who very definitely had a school policy on that sort of thing - inclusivity, and respect and tolerance - and who probably even believed in its principles but clearly had little experience in putting them into practise with a real person in a naturalistic conversation.

“The situation with Cleo has been designed with everyone’s best interests in mind,” she continued, back on firmer footing now, “She is currently accompanied in all one to one situations. When we were putting the precautions in place… Well, we didn’t want to assume anything about anyone. Nor did we want anyone to feel like they had to… Declare themselves. Or to be faced with a situation where we effectively outed female staff to Cleo by suddenly insisting she is accompanied in particular people’s presence. So, you should not need to take any additional measures, no. I… I believe Cleo was diligent about following these rules last year. She certainly takes the issue… seriously,” that was an understatement, given that Cleo had seemed to spend the best part of last year detesting herself and avoiding interaction as much as possible, “If you find she is not following those rules, or you find that she is starting to take risks, you are free to remind her of them, or let me know. But that’s something I’d expect from all my staff. I hope… I hope you told me about… yourself because you wanted to. That you felt you had a choice, and not that you felt… forced by the situation?”

  • Thank Merlin for that!Mary Brooding, Sat Aug 4 22:12
    Selina seemed... something. Mary couldn't put her finger on it. Perhaps the woman was simply careful, a trait that probably served her well in her role at Sonora. Mary was not a particularly careful... more
    • That is... unexpected — DH Skies, Sun Aug 5 05:03
      • Thank you for tryingMary Brooding, Sun Aug 5 16:06
        Selina's reaction was reserved enough that Mary could tell she was trying, and the effort was quite sweet. It wasn't as if she was unused to such reactions, although she rarely knew anyone closely... more
        • Oh. Um. You're welcomeDH Skies, Mon Aug 6 08:53
          I would have hated for Ms. James to find out… and for you to find out that way. Selina tried not to think about the ways in which that situation might arise. There was of course, the good old rumour... more
          • Am I doing something wrong?Mary Brooding, Mon Aug 6 13:13
            The more Mary talked, the more she was starting to think that she was making a poor impression. She understood that Selina would have a thousand and one things on her mind and that, not knowing Mary, ... more
            • I don't think soDH Skies, Sun Aug 12 00:57
              Mary had gone from being chatty, verging on rambling, to rather quiet, and Selina suspected she was feeling less at ease than when she had walked into the office. Which was a shame, but not something ... more
              • I'm so glad!Mary Brooding, Sun Aug 12 01:48
                Selina had smiled . What a relief! Mary was quite sure that this was a woman who, if nothing else, was honest. She was honest with her work and in her work, and she was honest with her staff. At the... more
                • Me tooDH Skies, Sun Aug 12 03:09
                  That was better. Mary seemed to have got the message, and they were in some sort of middle ground now, whereby she would deal with the students’ issues as best she could, without going out of her way ... more
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