This arrived today in my email:
I am a former student and read your page from time to time, and I finally thought I would write you after seeing your post on Men. It had been a while since I read your page and tonight I stumbled across your old post back in June. What struck me most about your post was that you grew up around women most of the time and that you said, ''Until I was in my 30s, I had very few close male friends''. Sitting in your classes as a male I use to think you were gay as did many students I was in class with. In addition, former students I have run into on campus that had you in the past as a professor or were currently taking you thought you were gay. One day, upon getting to class early, I heard a student in the front row talking with a male student and a female student about how he had been trying to do Internet research to find out if you were gay and a student in the back of the class said ''I think he's gay, he has to be, he looks like it''. I kept quiet on the matter and did not comment on my thoughts that you were gay. I found after just mentioning your name and nothing else to other students outside of class that many would say back to me 'he's 'gay'' or ''I think he's gay''. I found it odd at first that so many students thought like me and had you for not just one semester but two, It was also odd that having received their grades that there was still a strong perception you were gay. Every student that would mention to me you were gay or had the suspicion you were was going straight off your looks. I had many say, ''he's thin, has really short hair, tattoos, and looks gay''; a few guys told me ''he use to look right at me in class like he was checking me out'! I, myself, would search your name on the Internet to see if I could read info on you and that's how I found your page, which is interesting to read and gave me insight on you. I came to realize you were not gay, but comments like, ''We get excellent views of one another's backsides, but that is not generally considered a source of excitement'' perpetuate the thinking you are gay to students. I like running and have run with other guys, but never thought about looking at their backsides. When reading your post on men it was funny to me that for so long I thought you were gay and that so many also thought the same as me. Also, it made me question, how many students does he have now that think he's gay? Does he know students even ponder his sexuality? I knew before writing you could care less what students think of your sexuality because it's none of their buiness, and you are a confident man on where your sexuality stands. However, I thought after reading your post that it might be a good thing for your to know what some students ponder about you, and about how open they are to talk about your sexuality just upon hearing your name mentioned.
Sometimes, you gotta wonder. I could issue a ringing defense of my own heterosexuality, but I won't. And this is the bit that perplexed me:
It was also odd that having received their grades that there was still a strong perception you were gay.
How do gays and lesbians grade?
And then this:
...comments like, ''We get excellent views of one another's backsides, but that is not generally considered a source of excitement'' perpetuate the thinking you are gay to students.
My goodness, I just announced that other men's rears DON'T turn me on, and now the mere mention of said rumps raises another set of suspicions.
So here's my new slogan: If you're homophobic, consider me a gay man. Ponder that for a while.
Off to youth group.