Earlier anon here.
Y'all are sad and kind of funny. Pupkin is spouting all this irrelevant false equivalence bullshit about racism and the origins of gender inequality, dixiecup is calling me a retrograde weirdo, and we have bagelboy talking about single-gender firms. Because, you know, I had the crazy idea that my spouse might be uncomfortable with me having a female officemate with whom I will spend inordinately more time than I spend with my wife.
At the end of the day, I love my wife a lot more than my career. I honestly don't even know if my wife will have an issue with this (but if she does, I'll be sure we seek counseling right away, thanks for the diagnosis TLS). If she does, and if my firm looks at this issue the way some of you all do, maybe they would fire me. It's fine, I will work at another firm, and life will go on. Done... You all need to find better things to do with your time.
How about this... I think some of you have problems with an inclusive workplace. I'm just a guy trying to do right by his wife, and you apparently think I should be compared to racists and everything. Seriously? Do you think that's right? I emphatically do not have a problem working with women, even "working closely," and have been very successful working with all people. But I do think there is a difference between all your bullshit examples about working together, versus sharing an office all day, every day. That's just me. Maybe you are different. I think there are plenty of people who would agree with me. Not everyone, but some people. You want to alienate and judge those people because they think differently than you on this issue. NOBODY is talking about excluding women or workplace inequality or any of that other bullshit. TBF, same sex officemates could actually encourage proportional hiring between males and females.
Anyway, had to get that off my chest. Don't mean to be too rude, I do appreciate what you are saying, if for no other reason than to warn me that there are people that feel very, very strongly about the same sex office mate idea.