Be A Troublemaker

Last week, I went to a lunch and saw someone who thinks I called him out as being sexist. We were in line for food at the same time, and I said hello. He looked down and around, and anywhere but at me. When I introduced a topic of conversation, letting him know I had mailed something to his office, he said, “WHAT?!” and walked away.

He looked very uncomfortable.

I felt a heavy weight in my stomach: I’m a troublemaker. He hates me because I’m a troublemaker, I thought. It’s not even fair because I didn’t even mean to call him out as sexist . . . the first time.

Then, I was talking with a colleague today. She mentioned a situation of hers in which a man did something inappropriate and she hadn’t wanted to be a troublemaker. Suddenly, I saw my situation differently.