Writer for men’s online mag betrays women everywhere

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.

Economic crisis? Let women fix it!

rosieAs a sophomore at the University of Akron taking Feminist Theory, I have learned a lot in the past three months.  Not only have I gathered valuable information about the history of women and the feminist movement, but my opinions about current issues have been shaped by what I have discovered.  One such issue is the empowerment of women in the workforce.

As my Feminist Theory instructor has told our class, today’s women do two-thirds of the world’s work and make only 10 percent of the world’s money.  I find this absolutely baffling.  There’s definitely something wrong here.  This statistic is mentioned on the Global Issues page dedicated to Women’s Rights.

So what does this mean?  Well, in these horrible economic times, it means we have a very simple answer to our problems right in front of our faces: empower women.  These two little words hold the key to turning America, and the world as a whole, into a better place.

If you give a woman the tools necessary to plant, gather and cook food, she will most definitely make sure that no one goes hungry.  If you give a man these same tools, chances are he will provide for himself and his immediate family.  Women are called the caregivers for a reason: They will help those in need.

Although empowering women will solve many problems and help many people, we still have the two-thirds dilemma.  If equal pay for equal work is finally enacted, I believe that the economic problems we are facing will get better.  It may not happen right away, but it is only logical that if the nation’s wealth is equally distributed, there won’t be as many financial problems.

Overall, I may just by a mere sophomore and may not know anything about the world, but I do know this: Feminist Theory has taught me a great deal so far about the world and the way we think about it.  It has helped me open my mind to new ideas and ways of thinking. 

I can only hope you have taken a feminist approach and kept an open mind when reading and thinking about what I have written here.

Caroline Drotar is a student in the Spring 2009 Feminist Theory class. To read more student posts, click here.