I'm seriously puzzled
This is the second time I've blogged about an all-women's college in a short period of time, and I think I'm just missing something.
From August Pollak I found this story about students at Wells, an all-women's college, suing to keep men out of the college until they graduate. They claim that they are victims of false advertising. I have no idea if they have a case, though my gut feeling is that they don't. And I sympathize with the college for wanting to bring men on campus--every year college recruiters for women's colleges have a harder and harder time convincing students to attend. Female college students generally want to go to school with male students for various reasons, not the least of which is they are eager to embrace the active dating life that they imagine college students have.
I know that's how I felt when I was looking at different universities. I didn't even want to live in a women's dorm because I was determined to have an active social life with male and female friends. I couldn't wait to get out and meet lots and lots of guys, not just two or three, that actually read books and listened to decent music and whatnot. Of course, it didn't work out quite that way for me, but I'm a weirdo.
Social reasons aside, I'm glad that I had men in my classes, particularly those where feminist issues came up. It was gratifying to me to hear that some men support feminism, even those who don't quite get it. Even more gratifying was seeing those who understood that to support feminism, you have to call out other men on their sexist behavior, which I got to see plenty of in college.
But those are just my experiences. I'm sure that there are experiences I didn't have that I would have going to a women's college. I'm certainly not one to tell someone that their reasons for going are invalid or anything like that. But I do have to say that I don't think it's a big enough deal to warrant a lawsuit. I can't see exactly what they are so worried that they will lose--the teachers will be the same, and their friends will be the same. And what I don't really understand is what an all-female enviroment is supposed to prepare you for. From the day you graduate until you die, you're going to have to work with men anyway, so why not start now in a college atmosphere?
I'm not trying to pick, seriously. But can anyone explain the appeal?