Soon after I started as a new comer in the team, I received an email invitation for an SWB lunch. I didn’t know what SWB meant and was told it stood for “Secret Women’s Business”. The word “secret” made me feel uneasy about attending the lunch so I didn’t go. I wasn’t invited to any SWB lunch afterwards.
In the team, I heard many lusting as well as belittling remarks made by female colleagues on young attractive male team members and the fact that they are blond. Listening to those remarks, I came to the conclusion that blond men must be perceived as attractive yet stupid by these women.
Walking around the team, people could see pictures of half-naked men and exotic male dancers in their underwear scattered on the workstation walls of several female colleagues. As sexual appetite and sexual appeal are often mentioned in newspapers and magazines, I told myself that those women must want to tell the world that they are healthy with sexual desires for those sexually alluring men by displaying their pictures.
On the birthday of the married male section head, dozens of pink balloons were inflated while the top ends of those balloons were pinched thus making them look like breasts with nipples. The most socially active female team members then stuck those balloons around the section head’s office door. Team members giggled when the birthday man had to squeeze himself through to get into his office while those “breasts” brushed against his face. The birthday man blushed but smiled and seemed to enjoy the tease. Every time I recall this birthday scene, I feel embarrassed by the blunt titillating joke those women played.
At the team Christmas party, after the meal, the cheeky party organiser went to the stage to announce that she would be giving out a prize for a person but first she would call out names and those that would be called would have to come up to the stage and do a walk in front of us all. All the male colleagues were called to the stage. The team had fun watching the men. Those who were clumsy, anxious on the walk or refused to do the walk were all then instructed insistently to do the proper walk. The team bursted out laughing when the organiser declared that a tall blond handsome man in his 20s had won the award for “The male with the best bum” in the team. I didn’t know if there was any complaint from those “involuntary male contestants” after the party. Before that party, I didn’t have a clue that male backside could attract some sexual interest.
The team also had moments watching a male stripper perform at a middle-aged female team member’s birthday. After leaving the team, when discussing fun activities to be arranged at my new team’s Christmas party, I shared with my new team members what happened at my old team’s Christmas party; some of them were amused while some felt disgusted.
Not long after that, I needed a work reference from a high-ranking member of my old team. It was too bad as she told me that she had been informed that I had badmouthed my old team and that I had sullied the team’s reputation. Well, by telling the truth, I had also sullied my own chance of getting a good reference from her. In addition, I had broken my workplace connection with those particular female colleagues of my old team who were daring, flirty, sexually intertested and impish in their behaviour.
Male pec and male bum,
Kill off the boredom,
Blonde men are awesome,
Though they may be dumb,
Their acts are loathsome,
They make people glum,
by tiffany terry.