In consultation with a male lecturer who had a lectureship at a large university, I was asked (this was at the end of my studies) what I would like to write my master’s thesis about. I briefly outlined the topic, located in critical gender studies, and said that I would like to write about representations of the vulva and formulate a critique of the appropriation of female-gendered bodies in art. He responded with, “Ah yes, exciting,” and then proceeded to tell me (without any transition or anything) that when he had masturbated in front of a porn magazine as a teenager, he had “wanted to own the cunt, too.” He mimicked jerking off. I was so stunned that I just went into shock. It took me quite a while to confide in a close friend. I never managed to report this incident because I felt too disgusted and ashamed, plus the lecturer was also closely connected to all members of the department where I was also employed as a student assistant.