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The Off-Color Professor
This story dates from the early 1970s when the rise of
the feminist movement on college campuses inspired many
urban legends. An anatomy professor at the University of
Wisconsin often enlivened his lectures with suggestive
anecdotes. A group of women from his class came to his
office one day to complain.
"We've had enough of your snide, leering, adolescent
humor," the spokesperson said. "The next time you say
anything even remotely off-color, we will walk out of
The professor listened in silence. Then he said, "As you
For several weeks the professor was the model of
decorum. Then one day he began his lecture saying, "As
you know, France is suffering from a sudden shortage of
Before he could say another word, a dozen women in the
room rose and headed for the door.
"Ladies," said the professor, "why the rush? The next
plane for Paris doesn't leave until ten this evening."