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July 1997 Vol. 23, No. 7   RSS Feed for Undercurrent Issues
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Men Not Seeking Women; Women Not Seeking Men

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Men Not Seeking Women

In your April issue, one of your readers wrote about his surprise that he had to share a room in the Palau Pacific Hotel with someone else after having been on the Sun Dancer for a week. At least he probably had to share the room with somebody of the same gender [true].

Imagine my surprise when I (being a male) was told while signing up for a live-aboard in Fiji that I would have to share the cabin with a female companion. When I talked to See & Sea [now defunct] about this I was told: "We do not sell the cabins, we just sell the spaces regardless of gender and have found this to be very acceptable with divers."

I would very much like to see the comments of your readers about this.

Dr. Hans Menco
Pittsford, New York

Women Not Seeking Men

Men are simply gorgeous. But I certainly do not wish to share a cabin with a man. When I boarded the Telita in Papua New Guinea, I was asked to share a cabin with "one of the guys." I refused, and other arrangements were made. Upon my return, I tried to book another trip back to PNG next year aboard Mike Ball's Paradise Sport. I expressed the desire that I would like to share a cabin only with another lady. I was told that they could not assure me that would be the case. Do personal privacy and dignity not matter in the diving world? Am I the only person not adequately modern?

Ms. B. Viswanathan
Cairns, Australia

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