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Dear Ms Doris Lessing I just finished reading the short story you wrote The Woman on the Roof and I must say that I was rather confused about its meaning Perhaps I was not looking deep enough into the story but all I got out of it was that there was a woman tanning on the roof being harassed by disrespectful men In fact I was somewhat offended Being that I am a woman myself I was disturbed at the fact that the woman tanning on the roof did not do anything about these men who were insulting her very being She continued to tan on the roof every day knowing that they would be out there to harass her Why didnt she say anything to them Why did she continue to tan on the roof everyday even though she knew they would be there waiting for her It just does not seem to make any sense to me The fact that she did not say anything or do anything about these men makes her look somewhat like a whore or a slut who wanted to show off her half naked body to a group of chauvinist males Ms Lessing I have read some of your work before and have thoroughly enjoyed it I was just curious as to why you would write a story about a woman who in my belief gives a bad name to all women in society Sincerely Theresa ODonnell Dear Ms ODonnell I am very sorry that you found my story offensive but that certainly was not its purpose It seems as if you were focusing primarily on the tanning woman and not the men on the roof The men on the roof were much more the center of the story then the tanning woman The men saw this woman tanning
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