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.