Manager : I have this, the theory. You write it down to the cafe, I might be a lesbian, but I don't want to be accused as sexist.Frankly, I was impressed with this manager and her signaling theory. But not for so long. A couple days afterward, I came up with a much simpler argument. During that lunch hour, practically almost all activities are halted and shut since men go to the mosque. One among few places that remain open is the refectory. The ladies, left with limited option to spend the hour, naturally would head to that place.
Me : Is that the theory?
Manager : No, you idiot.
Me : So what's that?
Manager : Here. On Friday lunchtime, refectories, not only here, are more packed with girls.
Me : That's your observation, not yet a theory. Did you say every refectory?
Manager : Yes, and only on Friday at very specific hours, 12 to 1 pm. I recall AP's self-absorbed theory on his
lousyHarvard T-shirt. What was that? Signaling?
Me : Yes. But what signal do the girls send?
Manager : They might send signal that they're available, but more importantly, it's for them sorting the signal from the boys.
Me : Now, I am officially puzzled.
Manager : One of desirable qualities of a man is him being religious --not like you, liberal (sic!). But who knows this? You called it what? Asymmetric information? All the girls can do is to catch and decipher the signal leading to that quality.
Me : I am religiously listening to you. Carry on.
Manager : So they are gathered on places where signals of high quality men strong, that is, refectories on Friday
Me : And why on Friday, may I know?
Manager : It is very likely those hungry high quality men would flock in refectory after Friday prayer. You see, there, the signal is clear, and even stronger if he takes with him a prayer mat.
No signaling whatsoever. So boys, restrain yourself, I am afraid it's a hasty assertion. And I think the Manager is indeed sexist.