Editor’s Note: The author is a student in the fall 2010 Women’s Studies Program Special Topics course, That Chick is Crazy: Women and Madness, at The University of Akron.
This semester, I took a Women’s Studies course entitled “That Chick is Crazy: Women and Madness.” During current event presentations by some of my peers, one in particular caught my attention. A male classmate presented an article from AskMen.com called “Crazy Things Women Do on Facebook.”
In this article the author, Emily Miller, a “relationship correspondent” for the site, gives six examples of supposedly crazy things women post on Facebook to trick men. She goes on to advise men that they should ask their girlfriends to change their behavior if they are doing any of these things.
One such “crazy behavior” that Miller mentions is that “women post ambiguous relationship photos.” She says that posting photos with guys who aren’t her boyfriend can cause others to “question the strength of her relationship with her boyfriend.” Who cares? If your relationship with your boyfriend is good and he knows it, it should not matter what other people think.
After reading this article and being thoroughly ticked that one of our own would go against us women, I decided to investigate other AskMen.com articles under their “Dating & Sex” tab.
Immediately, another Emily Miller original jumped out at me. This time it was “Top 10: Cruel Things Women Do To Men.” The article begins with women not picking up the phone when men call and ends with women intentionally flirting to make their boyfriends jealous. Many of the behaviors Miller writes about can be easily explained without the woman being thought of as cruel.
Emily Miller and the female writers of AskMen.com have betrayed women everywhere. By writing for a website whose primary audience is men, these women are providing information to their audience that makes them – and us – look bad.
I don’t know who you are, Emily Miller, but AskMen.com better be paying you a damn good sum of money to lie about women. Get a job at Cosmo and stay true to your girls.