Listen Ladies, Get It Together

Listen, I don’t want to be a traitor to my gender, but I have a confession to make. I have found the most insufferable students in college to be those associated with the Gender Studies major.

I’m all for equal rights, and I agree that women are marginalized and portrayed badly in the media. It’s also completely depressing that statistically, women continue to be paid less than men for doing the same job. Obviously there’s a bias that leads some people that are in charge of hiring to believe that women are somehow lesser. I do think though that there are things we can do to help combat that, like not ending every sentence with an upwards inflection, regardless of whether we’re giving a statement or asking a question. I found it abhorrent when news outlets and pundits were touting the belief that Hillary Clinton couldn’t possibly be considered as a possible world leader because “guys, what if she gets her period and gets all PMS-y! She’d be all like ‘I want chocolate! But I’m so fat!’ and we’d be like, but Hillary, you idiot, you have to run the country!”

Anyway, back to my earlier assessment. It’s not the subject matter that I object to. I find the study of sexuality, the psychology of gender and the implications both can have on our lives all quite fascinating. I just don’t understand why, after studying the biology of the human female orgasm, it’s inevitable that at least one student in the class asserts that if the scientists in question consider the female orgasm such a mystery, it’s probably because of their own lack of sexual prowess. In these classes, men are the enemy, a fumbling, lesser counterpart who may clumsily attempt to understand women, but who will never truly be our equals. This isn’t the point relayed by the instructors, but it’s not actively discouraged either.

Obviously this isn’t a blanket statement on all Gender Studies professors, it’s just been my experience. I have to say though, I don’t especially understand this tactic; not as a student or teacher. I get that there is an overwhelming wealth of things to be angry about. I suppose I just don’t see where we as females further the “feminist” cause by lashing out and attempting to make men learn by mistreating them in the same ways we’ve experienced. I don’t know about you, but if someone is screaming in my face about how unfairly they’re being treated, my first reaction is not to stop and say, “Oh please go on, you sound reasonable, let’s hear what you have to say!” I’m not saying us ladies don’t have just cause to be upset. But really, acting like a petulant child probably isn’t the best course of action. We can do better. Can’t we?

Zooey Mae has been working as a writer monkey for Synthesis Weekly since 2007. Her favorite things include (but are not limited to), Jeffrey Brown, bubble wrap, Craig Thompson, pillow forts, receiving handwritten letters, and whiskey. She spends her free time stockpiling supplies for the impending robot Apocalypse and avoiding eye contact with strangers.