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A woman writes about people assuming she’s a prostitute when she’s with her white husband

Maureen Evans Arthurs, read on-line tweets from other women that had similar experiences, so she decided to write about her own : “I’m a black woman with a white husband. People assume I’m a prostitute all the time.”

Arthurs, writes about the first time she was mistaken for a sex worker at an event she attended with her white husband, when a man approached her and asked “how much?”

“In my naiveté, I asked, “How much for what?” It wasn’t until I looked him in the eye that I understood exactly what he meant. I was speechless, angry and embarrassed. I hastily walked away while flashing the ring on my left hand, hoping to indicate that I was married. To this day, I wonder if he thought I was laying out my price.”

Arthurs, who is married more than 10 years, still gets those “propositions” several times each year.

 

I’m a black woman with a white husband. People assume I’m a prostitute all the time

Maureen Evans Arthurs works in higher education in Columbia, Maryland, and is a board member of Stop Street Harassment. – source:washingtonpost

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