I’ve noticed a strange phenomenon with many of male students. Many of them like to shake my hand after the conference, which I’m okay with, but I’m a bit surprised by. I don’t remember ever shaking a teacher’s hand when I was an undergrad. I wonder if they shake hands with their other teachers? I wonder if it has to do with masculinity and asserting their masculinity (something I had little desire to do as a student and even less desire to do now). I wonder if it’s because of the slight strangeness with conferencing with a teacher, since I imagine few teachers across the university actually conference with students, and that the handshake is a solid way to end the conference, to act as a punctuation mark in a way. I wonder if it’s all of the above.
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