Monday, December 19, 2005

Thin Women: Privileged or Objectified?

I'd really like to know. There's so much double-speak on this issue, from both feminists and non-feminists, that I would just like a final answer. That way I know if I should be wearing my victim hat or my "haha, you hog!" hat.

Why I Didn't Major in Women's Studies

This post is not about slamming Women's Studies. I've never taken a WS course, so I'm not going to act like an expert. I'm just letting y'all know why I didn't even consider it as a major. (I get asked that a lot, since I'm a feminist.)

The answer is here. Take a look at what last year's engineering, computer, and business majors made right out of college compared to what their liberal arts counterparts made. Who can afford to be a liberal arts major? Who can drop thousands of dollars to major in something that has a high rate of college grads waiting tables?

I certainly couldn't afford it. I didn't go to college for any kind of "personal fulfillment". I went because I was dirt poor and didn't want to continue to be dirt poor. Although college did turn out to be personally fulfilling, I couldn't shell out that kind of cash just for that reason.

I don't like to use the phrase "liberal elite". But sometimes I see why it was coined.

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