I just want to clarify a couple of points. I do not believe the huggers meant anything sexual or threatening by the hugs. I knew both men and knew they had no sinister motives. My point was that the hugs demonstrated a very subtle indication that some men still view women differently in the workplace. Trust me, these two guys wouldn't be caught dead embracing another man in the office. Maybe it's just a leftover from chivalrous times. Again, a well-meaning gesture that is evidence of differential thinking. And that's all.
P.S. I still have my own body space, although I didn't know until now that I am inches close to an insane asylum because of it (but at least techrepublic@ still likes me—whew!—I was worried to death about that!).
Toni Bowers is the former Managing Editor of TechRepublic and is the award-winning blogger of the Career Management blog. She has edited newsletters, books, and web sites pertaining to software, IT career, and IT management issues.