My boss offered (generously, in his mind) to send me on a business trip to a film festival in a foreign city. When discussing reimbursement for expenses in connection with the trip, he informed me that since the hotel where I would be staying was so close to the festival, that I would walk between the two and thus he did not need to reimburse me for a taxi.
He proceeded to act shocked when I informed him under no circumstances would I be walking over a mile back to my hotel alone after dark anywhere, much less a foreign city to which I’ve never been. He grumbled that “this must be a woman thing!” Yeah, my not wanting to get robbed or attacked isn’t a woman thing–it’s a common sense thing, but it never even occurred to him that women have the additional fear of sexual assault at every turn.
Riley, Los Angeles, CA