I have a lovely friend whom we will call Marla, for the sake of this discussion. Marla is just like us. She is a smart, capable, attractive young woman with loads of potential and that mixture of confidence and nagging self-doubt particular to modern women in their twenties and thirties. Marla has nice shoes that she keeps under her desk, a subscription to the Financial Times, and commutes daily and smartly to her city job at a respected bank. With continued focus and effort, Marla is Going Places. She also has a nice boyfriend she loves, but with whom she is not certain she sees a long-term future. No matter; Marla is focused on her job and happy with her relaxed relationship. She is living in the moment, and the moment is good.
And then. Marla attends an important client event with a number of her colleagues, including several VPs. The dinner goes very well, the drinks are flowing, the mood is giddy, and somehow, without prior intention, Marla goes back to a hotel with a Senior VP from her company.
“I didn’t mean to sleep with him,” she says. “Even when we went back to the room, I thought we would have a drink or two and then I would leave. We talked a little about his wife, as a matter of fact. I never felt like he was trying to seduce me, or vice versa. It was late, and I curled up in bed, and then… Well.” (more…)