Gender (in) Equality: The Dick vs. The Chick

The Dick:
By Dan Morgan

Are men and women finally equal? Absolutely not, and I’m not complaining.

Feminists are absolutely obsessed with 50-50, but we don’t live in a 50-50 world. Men and women are different; we think differently and we value different things. Just ask any broken-hearted girl (or guy) and she will probably tell you she doesn’t understand her partner.

I’ve been fortunate to have a lot of wonderful girls come into my life and I can tell you as much as I love them, I don’t understand them. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve watched a girl wave and smile at another girl, just to say she hates her a few seconds later. The part that absolutely kills me is that the other girl probably just did the same thing. I mean, you laugh when you watch “The Real Housewives of Orange County,” but to me it seems like (Read More) all girls are like that, at least a little.

We communicate differently. When my guy friends are mad, they tell me. When girls are mad, whether it’s my mom, a girlfriend, or just a friend, you have to keep your eyes open for cues. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve thought everything was going great just to be told I’m being an ass. It’s frustrating, it’s confusing and it’s proof that we’re different.

When I was younger, I hung out with other guys and it wasn’t ‘til puberty hit that I bothered to cross the playground to see what the other people in my class were up to. No one told me to act that way, I just did. Even now that I’m older and willing to hang out with girls, and I’m past the whole cooties thing, I still relate best to other guys and really value all my bromances.

No matter what the numbers say, men and women will never be equal. We’re too different to be considered equal. It’s like saying the sun is equal to the moon; it makes no sense. So instead of spending time worrying about whether we’re equal or not, why don’t we just enjoy our differences – because as much as I complain about girls, I couldn’t live without them.

Yeah, things have changed over the years. I split expenses with my girlfriends, but I still insist on paying for the first date. I’ll let her drive (even though a few girls I know have almost killed me), but some things will never change. I’m still the big spoon, I’m not allowed to be scared during horror movies, and I’m certainly not the one getting piggyback rides on the beach.

I love being a guy and I bet most girls love being girls. We’re different and it’s awesome. You’re confusing, insufferable and emotional, but the happiest I’ve ever been has been with a select few of you girls. In today’s world we get into too many fights over equality and who’s better, but it really doesn’t matter. Men need women and women need men. We’re different, and together we make to world go round.

The Chick:
By Jayne Jaramillo

When it comes to higher education, women now outnumber men. According to the Department of Education, in 2007 undergraduate enrollment was 56.9 percent female. At SU women make up 56 percent of undergraduate enrollment.

So are men and women finally equal? Perhaps on the surface, but if the statistics are broken down, inequality is still evident.

According to a report published in 2004 by the National Center for Education Statistics, though women have “greater success than males in attaining secondary education,” gender inequality still exists. The report found that female undergraduate students are still, “less likely than their male peers to major in computer science, engineering, and physical sciences.” At SU, equality of the sexes really depends on the major. Colleges such as the iSchool and the L.C. Smith School of Engineering have fewer female students.

At the Warehouse, fashion design students, predominantly female, are stereotyped as “dumb” and “coasting” through school. Small inconveniences, such as the lack of women’s bathrooms in certain buildings or lack of female professors, can also be discouraging. These circumstances continue to be barriers that keep women from entering certain majors and career fields.

It’s a tough moment when you realize that even though you may have the same skill, capacity and talent as your male colleagues, you may never reach the same professional level as them. It becomes even more frustrating when you know you are contributing positively to forward your field, but your suggestions are ignored.

At what point will women be taken seriously as capable, professional people? Somehow, our achievements and our struggles still have to be viewed through a sexual lens, in which we are the lesser, the inferior, the smaller.

Though we have made progress, we have yet to shatter that proverbial glass ceiling. More often than not we are still held back, incapable of reaching the highest level.

The societal expectations placed on women are also daunting, and part of what may be holding us back. Professionally driven women may still want families, yet are expected to choose between a career and children, or must somehow create a perfect, harmonious balance of both.

This has never been expected of a man.

If all this is not enough, we still have to deal with the egotistical swine that seem to appear only in those moments of greatest defeat, telling us that we are not good enough. Anatomy 101 dictates prick-y male subject A is better than female subject B, just because of that one extra part.

If there was one thing I could give every little girl on her first day of school, it would be a T-shirt that says: PLEASE TRY TO TAKE ME SERIOUSLY DESPITE THE FACT THAT I HAVE A VAGINA.

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