By Alyssa Van Auken
How are feminists perceived by men at Ithaca College? The general consensus is that feminism definitely has a place in today’s world, but men still have serious concerns about modern feminists. Some of the responses would warm any feminist’s heart, such as the sophomore Exploratory major from New York who sees feminists simply as “strong women.” But another student felt a feminist is “a crazy, radical woman who takes herself too seriously.” The majority of those polled tended toward the first opinion but had shadows of the second when it came to feminists’ attitudes toward men.
Here are some of the male student body’s thoughts on feminism and its role in our society:
Question: What is your first thought when you hear the word “feminism?”
-“I think of earlier feminist movements like marches and protest for equal rights and suffrage.” –freshman, Journalism major from FL
-“Activist women imposing their views on the world.” –junior, Speech Communication major from CN
-*Sigh* -Exploratory major from MA
Q: What is your first thought when you hear the word “feminist?”
-“The rights activists who want to be treated equal but with some who take it too far.” –senior, Theatre Arts major from NJ
-“I think of music artists I listen to such as Tori Amos, PJ Harvey, Ani Difranco… and other women who have been ‘labeled’ feminists (although they may not be a feminist).” –junior, Music Theory major from DE
-“Dear god… I’m not anti-women’s rights, I just think I’ve witnessed women who have poorly represented feminists as a whole.” -Anonymous
Q: Would you consider yourself favorable or unfavorable of the modern feminist movement?
-“Unfavorable. I think it has been taken too far, and extremists pollute the message.” –Politics major from NY
-“I really don’t know too much about it.” –sophomore, Computer Science major
-“There are a few radical parts I don’t like, but for the most part, I am favorable of modern feminism.” –sophomore, Cinema and Photography major from NJ
Q: Currently females receive about 76 cents to each dollar that males receive in the same positions. What are your thoughts on this?
-“I think it’s wrong…people deserve to be paid equally for equal services performed.” –sophomore, Writing major from NY
-“I think it is a sad, circumstantial situation that is not specifically anyone’s fault, but rather an inequality created throughout the past century.” –sophomore, Legal Studies major
-“And there are jobs women get that men don’t get paid as much for. Ask Katie Couric.” –Exploratory major from MA
Q: Do you have any other thoughts on the issue of feminism?
-“I think American society would be best off if we appreciate the strengths that males and females have to offer, instead of trying to empower females to ‘match’ the male sex (doing so is like admitting that the male sex is the ‘ideal’)” –sophomore, Biochemistry major from MD
-“In the corporate workplace, it is nice to see the glass ceiling starting to fall for women to have opportunities to reach top levels of advancement.” –Business major from PA
-“Yay equality!” –freshman, Musical Education/Politics major from NY