Woman Mistakenly Assumed Lab Coat Would Also Protect Her From Sexual Harassment

A man is hugging a female scientist from behind as she holds a sample, she looks at him, annoyed.

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First-year grad student Julie Constantinou made the same foolish mistake as countless others in her position; assuming that her homely cotton lab coat would shield her from both acid spills and repeated lewd comments about her body.

“The 8th grade spaghetti strap, sure, of course the principal would say I was asking for him to have impure thoughts,” explained Constantinou. “Then in college, it’s like, ok true, my varsity sweater did have a particularly deep crew neck.”

The culprit this time?

“I think it was because the sleeves were too revealing?”

After graduation, Constantinou hopes to pursue a career in nuclear waste removal, in the hopes that in a hazmat suit, men will finally think of her as an amorphous equal.

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Lexa Graham is a comedian with a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering, and the founder and editor of DNAtured Journal. She has previously written for Reductress, CBC Comedy and also had her research published in The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering. You can follow her on Twitter @LexaGrammar.

About Lexa Graham 62 Articles
Lexa Graham is a comedian with a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering, and the founder and editor of DNAtured Journal. She has previously written for Reductress, CBC Comedy and also had her research published in The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering. You can follow her on Twitter @LexaGrammar.