HANDSHAKES could be banned under new workplace rules to avoid expensive sexual harassment claims, an expert has said. - The Sun
SCENE: The conclusion of an interview between TOFU PENNYFEATHERS and MR GOBSMITES.
MR GOBSMITES: Well, Mr Pennyfeathers, I've got to admit, we're very impressed. I've taken time to read your thesis on the literary works of Laurie Penny, and it has some astounding insights. And the way you managed to tackle the subjects of 'mansplaining' and 'manspreading' in this interview without actually mansplaining or manspreading at all was particularly well done.
TOFU PENNYFEATHERS: Thank you, I just think it's so important that we as a society move forward from the old patriarchal hegemony, you know?
MR GOBSMITES: And you've managed to make your way through the interview without once placing a single pronoun wrong!
TOFU PENNYFEATHERS (airily): Well, they wouldn't like it if we mischaracterised xir as srm, would they? Hahahahahaha.
MR GOBSMITES: Ha. Yes, well, we'll be speaking to a few other candidates first. But for now (folding hands) there's just something else I'd like to raise.
TOFU PENNYFEATHERS: Oh, of course, of course!
MR GOBSMITES: I bet you think you're pretty clever, don't you?
TOFU PENNYFEATHERS: Oh absolutely, it's just so.... wait, what did you say?
MR GOBSMITES: Yes, it was very good, Mr Pennyfeathers, very good - almost perfect. But you made one slip up. One mistake. And it was a big one.
TOFU PENNYFEATHERS: I.... no, it's impossible. What? What are you talking about? I haven't done anything!
MR GOBSMITES: It was.... (voice deepens dramatically) THE HANDSHAKE!
TOFU PENNYFEATHERS: Nooooooooooooooooooooo!
(Door bursts open, the THOUGHT POLICE, wearing CLEMENTINE FORD masks crowd into the room and belabour TOFU PENNYFEATHERS with truncheons).
MR GOBSMITES (removing false hand, throwing it in the rubbish bin): I'm afraid, Mr Pennyfeathers, we will have to be removing you to our correctional facilities forthwith.
TOFU PENNYFEATHERS (weeping bitter tears of remorse, as they drag him away): NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I CAN CHANGE! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!